Boomtown Berlin: Almost 50,000 new residents per year.

December 2013 3.517 million citizens were registered in Berlin. These are the most recent figures from the Federal Statistical Office of Berlin.

by Peter Guthmann Published on:

Approximately 47,800 more citizens than a year earlier were counted by end of 2013. From the ongoing influx to Berlin almost all 96 districts of Berlin are affected, even though to different degrees. "Winners" are, according to the Statistical Office, the districts Mitte, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg and Neukölln, with increases in the range of 2,000 to nearly 3,000 residents each.

Taking into account the percentage of increase, some (much) smaller districts performed even better. Thus, the population rose by 13.1 percent in the district of Malchow. But in absolute numbers this this is only an increase of 62 residents. In the 5-years-comparison the trend district Neukölln has recorded an increase of 13,069 inhabitants, the highest of all. Neukölln had on the date 31.12.2013 about 165,000 inhabitants, making it the largest district of Berlin. According to the Federal Statistical Office, only about 10 percent of the new Berliners in Neukölln are foreign nationals. In total, the proportion of foreigners in Neukölln currently is 33 percent. At the moment, Berlin cannot keep up the building of new homes with these numbers. In this 2-years-period Berlin grew by almost 100,000, but only about 10,000 new flats have been built. This shows that the housing market in Berlin is not sufficiently relieved. The Association of Berlin-Brandenburg housing (BBU: Verband Berlin-Brandenburgischer Wohnungsunternehmen e.V.) states that "Berlin desperately needs more homes. This is only possible through new constructions", says BBU Board Maren Kern. This applies especially for the most highly demanded locations within the inner circle (the so-called city-train-circle). The main problem in Berlin currently is that not enough land is made available for new constructions. The latest figures would confirm the official expectations on population growth and the positive development of the city.