Photo: Edgard Hörz
Facts and figures are a great way to get a feeling for dimensions and comparativeness. It is fact that more than 580,000 people are living in the city of Dusseldorf. The daytime population of the city increases on work days by almost 260,000 when commuters pop in and out of the city.
The closer agglomeration of Greater Dusseldorf reaches a count of two and a half million inhabitants, giving it roughly the size of Baltimore Metro, Seattle Metro or Greater Manchester.
There are 309,000 households of which 147.000 are single households, giving it an average balance of singles and families in Germany. About seventeen percent, roughly 100,000 of Dusseldorf's population is comprised of foreigners. The education background of citizens is relatively high. More than every tenth person holds a university degree. As a centre of education and research in western Germany six institutions for higher education are located in the city.
In terms of traffic, Dusseldorf’s Central Station is a hub for Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s rail provider, linking directly to all larger cities in Germany and the Netherlands. Public transport supports a well-tended network of trams, busses and metro-links throughout the entire city. The system is reliable, works generally on time and is widely used by many Dusseldorfers. Nevertheless private transport plays an important role in every day life. Nearly 300,000 cars are registered in the city and commuters provoke daily traffic jams on the main access roads. Corneliusstrasse in the borough of Bilk is one of the busiest city streets in Germany. The city has been venue to almost 25,000 car accidents with people, in which physical injuries counted over 2,500 annually?. More than twenty hospitals make sure that aid is provided swiftly each time.
Turning to the topic of employment, Dusseldorf is a major centre for telecommunications, banking, consulting and advertising and one of the most important hubs for international accountancy. Most people work in the tertiary sector. The average income makes Dusseldorf the top earning city in the state of NRW and it ranks among the highest in Europe. With all these advantages and amenities it’s hardly surprising that most inhabitants of Dusseldorf are also some of the happiest and most contented in all Germany.