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IW Consult - Regional Ranking 2016: Bavaria the most successful business location

When it comes to economic success and high quality of life, cities and rural districts of Bavaria continue to set the measure. This is the result of the “Regional Ranking 2016” study conducted by IW Consult GmbH.

They used meaningful indicators from the fields of the labour market, economic structure and quality of life to determine the success of 402 German regions. Six Bavarian cities and rural districts are among the top ten most successful regions. The winner in the “level ranking” by a wide margin is the rural district of Munich, followed by the rural district of Starnberg. The Bavarian capital of Munich, the rural districts of Dingolfing-Landau and Ebersberg also achieved top marks.

The rural district of Munich impressed as the most successful region of Germany with its excellent key figures for economic structure. It proved itself to be the top location for companies from all over the world with global players, including from the sectors of IT, biotech, aerospace, insurance economy and the media located there.

The study also investigated how the economy has developed since 2009's financial and economic crisis in a “dynamism ranking”, where seven Bavarian cities and rural districts were particularly successful. The top ten most dynamic regions include the cities of Ingolstadt, Bayreuth, Amberg, Aschaffenburg and Munich as well as the rural districts of Dingolfing-Landau and Eichstätt.

Particularly noteworthy is the success of the Lower Bavarian rural district of Dingolfing-Landau in both the level and dynamism ranking. A very significant contribution to the economic strength of the rural district is provided by BMW's new centre for logistics in Wallersdorf. Invest in Bavaria has been heavily involved in this project, which will lead to the creation of 2,000 new jobs. Dingolfing-Landau clearly demonstrates that economic success is not only limited to urban centres – rural areas can also hold their own.