A third of all Berliners would rather live elsewhere, survey finds

Many residents of the capital would rather not be there. And the newer to the city they are, the less satisfied they tend to be, a recent study found.

A third of all Berliners would rather live elsewhere, survey finds
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The study, conducted by Forsa and published by the Berliner Zeitung at the end of July, shows that 30 percent of Berliners “don’t like living in the city.”

That does of course mean that seven in ten Berliners are happy that they live in the “poor but sexy” capital. Still, the number of dissatisfied residents of the Hauptstadt is much higher than in other German cities.

In Hamburg, a survey conducted in April found that only 11 percent of its residents would rather live elsewhere. When Forsa asked the same question in Cologne, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, at least 80 percent of respondents said they were happy where they were.

The study found that people who have moved to Berlin recently are much less satisfied than those who are a bit longer in the tooth. While 76 percent of those born in the city or who moved before 1989 said they were happy, only 56 percent of those who arrived in Berlin after 1999 said the same.

And contrary to the stereotype that Berlin is a city for the youth, just 64 percent of those aged 18-29 said they were happy in the city compared to 80 percent of those over 60.

Derelict infrastructure, dirtiness and the tight housing market were most often cited as reasons for dissatisfaction. Meanwhile, 57 percent of respondents said they did not think it was good that so many people were moving to the city.

People are also pessimistic about the future. An overwhelming 92 percent said that they thought that problems with public transport, bureaucracy and rent increases would not go away.

Member comments

  1. The newcomers are not satisfied maybe cause the rents in Berlin have reached as high as Munich, but the pays are still around 50 to 60% of the Munich ?

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