Photo Gallery: Number of Poor Grows in German Cities
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Photo Gallery: Number of Poor Grows in German Cities

Poor in the City Urban Poverty on the Rise in Germany

Germany is weathering the economic crisis across Europe relatively well in comparison to its southern neighbors. Yet the prosperity appears to be leaving a large section of the country behind, as a recent study finds urban poverty to be growing at an alarming rate.

Poverty Rates in German Cities

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Berlin 19.7 17.0 17.5 18.7 19.0 19.2 21.1
Bremen 21.4 18.3 18.1 22.0 19.5 20.5 21.3
Dortmund 18.6 20.2 20.5 21.3 22.2 23.0 24.2
Dresden 20.7 20.2 22.5 21.5 19.3 19.6 20.0
Duisburg 17.0 16.2 22.2 19.2 22.9 21.5 23.5
Düsseldorf 13.8 14.6 15.7 13.8 14.1 15.4 19.2
Essen 17.7 13.9 12.6 16.3 16.8 17.8 19.8
Frankfurt 13.7 13.6 12.7 13.7 14.7 13.8 15.6
Hamburg 15.7 14.3 14.1 13.1 14.0 13.3 14.7
Hanover 21.0 19.8 20.5 22.2 21.6 21.3 22.6
Cologne 18.0 16.1 16.9 16.8 17.4 17.3 20.0
Leipzig 23.9 23.6 25.3 27.0 27.2 26.4 25.0
Munich 10.9 9.8 10.8 9.8 10.9 10.7 11.8
Nuremberg 18.1 17.3 18.9 17.3 17.8 18.4 19.6
Stuttgart 13.0 13.6 13.2 14.2 14.7 13.9 15.1
15 Largest Cities (average) 17.5 16.6 17.4 17.8 18.1 18.1 19.6
Germany 14.7 14.0 14.3 14.4 14.6 14.5 15.1
Source: Hans Böckler Foundation
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