Purchasing capacity in Germany: top/ flop regions

In the past decade, the absolute purchasing power per inhabitant has increased by € 3,570 in federal funds, but substantial differences are explicit regionally. RegioData Research is calculating purchasing power data for Europe for over 25 years and has identified the different regional dynamics in German urban and rural districts. Thus, some expected, but also some very surprising results became apparent.
The rich become steadily richer. In 2015, the inhabitants of the not particularly poor counties Munich and Fürstenfeldbruck had € 7,000 more in their wallet than they did some ten years ago. Thus, their income growth is more than twice as high as the national average. In general, more prosperous regions in the south, especially around Munich, achieved the highest growth.
The situation is very different at the end of the ranking: The low dynamics in purchasing power development does not pertain to the ‘poor’ eastern districts like Saxony-Anhalt or Thuringia, as one could assume, but rather to the underdeveloped rural areas in the west.
The disposable income of inhabitants living in Osnabrück or in the county Osterrode am Harz, for instance, grew by less than € 1,000 per year as compared to the figure ten years ago. Compared to the national average, that is a very modest increase. Municipalities Pirmasens, Bremerhaven, Hagen and Gelsenkirchen come next in the ranking of regions with particularly low income growth, with an increase of about € 1,500 respectively.

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