Vanessa Rebecca Hünnemeyer
IW Consult

Dr. Vanessa Rebecca Hünnemeyer

Consultant at the IW Consult

The strength of rural areas is clearly shown by their position, by both level and growth, at the top of the IW ranking of all 401 counties and independent cities in Germany. While Munich county, the rural area which surrounds the independent metropolis, once again dominates the ranking in absolute terms, Mainz-Bingen, a county on the west bank of the Middle Rhine, heads the list for growth for the first time. Due to the specific nature of their economic infrastructure, however, rural regions react more sensitively to developments in society as a whole. As a result of migration losses, for instance, shortages of skilled labour are felt more acutely there than in booming conurbations. The IW Regional Ranking provides a differentiated view of how rural and urban areas are developing, and its interregional comparison facilitates the development of policies aimed at achieving the equal standard of living demanded by Germany’s constitution while at the same time taking account of the different ways regions develop.