Leipzig: Young and dynamic
For more than a decade, Leipzig's rapid growth has astonished everyone, not just locals. Above all young families are moving here, attracted by new jobs in a wide range of innovative sectors. As a result, the economy now has a strong foundation, enabling the city to tackle additional challenges. New schools and preschool centres are being built, and a local transport plan devised for the next ten years will soon be put to the vote. Based on the extremely positive trends, a new forecast predicts that by 2030, the population will reach 720,000, placing Leipzig in Germany's handful of major cities.
Leipzig's competition successes
- Leipzig officially declared a Digital Hub
Leipzig and Dresden have both been declared Digital Hubs by the BMWi Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Under the BMWi's Digital Hub Initiative, the City of Leipzig, SpinLab Accelerator GmbH and the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management had applied for Leipzig to be one of Germany's twelve Digital Hub locations.
- Leipzig is Job Miracle No. 1 - biggest increase in employment in Germany
Leipzig is Germany's number one in terms of employment growth. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of people in employment subject to social insurance rose by 17.2 percent to 248,952. In this comparison of Germany's 50 biggest cities, Germany even outstripped places like Berlin and Munich.
- Study: Leipzig has the most attractive city centre
Following a survey conducted among 58,000 visitors to 121 city centres by the IFH Cologne Institute of Retail Research, Leipzig easily came out on top and achieved first place not only among cities with over 500,000 inhabitants but also overall.
- Financial Times fDi Magazine European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/2017
Leipzig was one of the winners of the ranking "European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17" drawn up by fDi Magazine. Leipzig was in the top ten of the categories "FDI Strategy" and "Human Capital and Lifestyle".
- Financial Times fDi Magazine - German Cities of the Future 2016/2017
A special ranking listing the Top German Cities of the Future. Listing all 317 cities and large towns in German, Leipzig came out above average and achieved third place in the category "Cost Effectiveness of Doing Business".
- Leipzig/Halle Logistics Region placed third in Germany for the first time
A ranking compiled by the Bulwiengesa research institute put the Leipzig/Halle region in third place among Germany's 28 logistics regions, beaten only by Hamburg and Berlin. Leipzig/Halle did particularly well thanks to its tremendous momentum in the investment market and the general demand for premises.
- ShanghaiRanking: Leipzig University moves up
Leipzig University entered the top 200 universities in the world. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 (also known as the ShanghaiRanking), Leipzig was placed in the segment between 151 and 200, giving it a position among the top 14 in Germany.
- Financial Times Group ranking - Leipzig in top ten in four categories
In its study entitled European Cities & Regions of the Future 2014/15, fDi Magazine published in London by the Financial Times Group placed Leipzig among the top ten locations in four categories. Special praise was reserved for Leipzig's more successful corporate investment strategy compared to other European cities and also its achievements in the category Human Capital and Lifestyle. Leipzig made its way into the top ten in the following categories:
- Top 10 Western European Cities - FDI Strategy (8th)
- Top 10 Large European Cities - Overall (7th)
- Top 10 Large European Cities - Human Capital and Lifestyle (8th)
- Top 10 Large European Cities - FDI Strategy (6th)