Berlin, Hamburg and Munich may grab more headlines, yet slowly but surely the eastern German city of Leipzig is beginning to attract attention as an excellent place to live and work.
Since 2012, the city’s population has increased from 530,000 to more than 600,000, and many of the new arrivals are young people, attracted by what for the moment are still relatively affordable rents.
Startup Blink magazine ranked the Saxon metropolis as the fifth best city in Germany for fledgling businesses. House-moving platform Movinga put Leipzig at number nine among the best German cities for young families. A recent poll commissioned by the city found that 77 percent of residents are satisfied with life there.
70 percent of those asked associated Leipzig with Germany’s large carmakers that have plants there, and one in three considered it an “automotive city.”