Berliners prefer to relocate within their neighborhood
The figures for 2016 show that Berliners maintain their mobility even in times of a tight housing market. At the same time most of the citizens try to stay within their used surroundings. A total of 313.603 Berliners relocated within the city last year. The infrastructural component shows a picture of a "city of short distances". This also implies a social dimension expressed in small-scale living areas and neighborly cohesions. In simple terms: the Berliners love their neighborhoods.
Mitte and Kreuzberg are very agile
The highest mobilty was measured in the districts of Mitte and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: In Mitte, 10.6 percent moved, in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg 10.7 percent relocated to a new place in Berlin. Most of the movements within a district were done in Neukölln with almost 6.000 people followed by Prenzlauer Berg with 5.000 and Friedrichshain with approximately 4,250 relocations.
The „traffic“ between Kreuzberg and Neukölln is very lively. 1,865 removals from Kreuzberg to Neukölln and with approx. 1.700 from Neukölln to Kreuzberg.
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Neukölln with negative saldo
This is a real surprise: Neukölln is suffering from an outflux. Many Neuköllner´s decided to leave behind the district and to move to Schöneberg, Wedding, Friedrichshain, Britz, and Tempelhof. Only 3.6 percent of the population in Neukölln decided to stay in the district. Approx. 5 percent moved to other districts. In total almost 29,000 Neuköllner (8.84 percent of the district population) changed their apartment in Berlin in 2016.
Also Wedding was caught by an outflux, mainly to Moabit and Reinickendorf.
Only little fluctuation in the outskirts
The smallest numbers of movements were recorded in the „outskirts“. Whether north, east, south or west: in the boundary districts (mostly characterized by detached houses) there was only little exchange compared to the inner city regions. There is a much lower population density in the outskirts. In consequnce less housing changes can occur: Schmöckwitz, Müggelheim, Rahnsdorf, Wannsee, Kladow, Gatow, Konradshöhe, Lübars, Blankenfelde, Malchow and Falkenberg.
Is the high fluctuation rate in most of the central neighborhoods in Berlin indicating to an increasing gentrification tendency? This question cannot be answered on a quantitative basis. Qualitative factors at a micro level would have to be analyzed and evaluated in order to give an answer.
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