Leipzig Statistics

Leipzig is an exception among towns in the ‘Neue Länder’. It bucks the trend by experiencing population growth since 2002. Despite declining birth rates, immigration has helped Leipzig to increase its population. In 2009, Leipzig registered 519,325 inhabitants.

Statistic 1: Population development in Leipzig since 1983


While Leipzig indeed is suffering a high unemployment rate (March 31, 2007: unemployment rate of 19.8%; March 31, 2006: unemployment rate of 22.6%), large-scale investments took place, nevertheless: Over the last few years Quelle, BMW, Porsche, DHL and Amazon among others decided to set up shop in Leipzig. Such positive development is owed in large measure to the Halle-Leipzig airport, featuring around-the-clock take-offs and arrivals, the newly built motorway ring, and the city tunnel project. In addition, the Leipzig trade fair continues to boast new visitor records year after year.

Statistic 2: Number of unemployed people since 2003


Leipzig is economically attractive not only because of her proximity to the capital, Berlin, but also to the most important cities of the adjacent Federal States. Due to its central location in Europe, and in keeping with EU enlargement, Leipzig will develop into a logistics hub between Eastern and Western Europe.

The economic planning authority of the city identified five “cluster branches”, the development of which are promising and therefore receive special support. In addition to the automobile industry, great importance is attached to the Media and Communication technology and IT, Health, Bio-, and Medical technology and the Life Sciences, Energy and Environmental technology, as well as Cross-Functional Technologies and Services.

Leipzig already ranks high among the European Metropolitan Regions. Those expanding cities and densely populated areas are distinguished by the presence of worldwide, important political and economic organisations and research and scientific institutions. They also offer attractive cultural events and furthermore act as points of information transfer made possible by a well-developed infrastructure. (e.g., the international airport).

Leipzig University, with its consistently high number of students (2005/2006: 29,147) and other well-known institutes, e.g., the Max-Planck-Institutes or the Bio-City, underline the reputation of Leipzig as a centre for science and research.

The Leipzig opera, the Gewandhaus Orchestra hall, the theatre and various festivals contribute to the very attractive cultural life of the city. The zoo has a special success story to tell as more and more visitors are drawn to watch elephants, tigers and Co. (2006: 1,759,963 visitors).

Leipzig enjoys an increasing popularity among tourists, last but not least due to the 2006 Football World Cup. The city at the river Pleiße was one of the venues for the big spectacle and thus received added publicity. A total of 1,731,109 overnight stays were eventually counted during the time.

In a variety of ways, Leipzig offers lots of potential for growth, as attested by the many success stories over recent years. In summary, Leipzig is proud to present itself as a prospering city with a promising future.