Category Archives: Berlin by Numbers

Pickpockets on the rise on Berlin Public Transport

The problem isn’t really new – pickpockets have always been targeting commuters in Berlin, as in probably every other city. But an increase of 50% in 2015 compared to 2014 is an alarming figure. In 2015 over 12.000 cases were reported to the police – on Berlin Public Transport (BVG) alone.

That makes it almost every third of all cases of pocket-picking reported in Berlin. The year before *only* some 8.000 case of pocket-picking on Berlin Public Transport were reported. In 2012 the number was as low as 4.000 cases.

The rising numbers seem to be a sign of Berlin’s rising popularity. More and more people are either moving to Berlin or spending a holiday. And more and more people are using the Berlin public transport. Over 3 Million passengers are currently using the BVG on a daily basis.

Pickpockets seems to target mostly tourists – but of course also the regular Berliner can become a victim rather easily. Basically everybody knows at least someone who has been robbed while using Berlin’s public transport. So in case you are planning to use Berlin’s public transport in the near future: please be aware, that although Berlin seems to be such a nice and relaxed place to be, sometimes it’s not.

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Berlin by Numbers: Births, Marriages, Deaths

Here we go for another edition of Berlin by Numbers. I really do like statistics – they tell so much about Life and Death. Looking at the bare numbers of Birth, Marriage and Death can be – refreshing…? I don’t know. And Berlin statistics are then again special in their own way, since the city has changed quite a bit over the past decades. Continue reading

Berlin Home Building: Apartment Construction in 2015

Berlin Home Building: Apartment Construction 2015

Berlin Apartment Construction 2015 - Photo: T.Bortels/

Recently the Berlin Bureau of Statistics have released numbers and figures describing the Berlin Apartment Construction in 2015. And since I find the numbers quite interesting I had a closer look and I’ll try to sum up some of them. Continue reading

Traffic Accidents in Berlin

Last Friday together with the Berlin Senate the Berlin Police presented the new Traffic Accident Statistic for Berlin. The good news: over the years the number of fatal accidents went down. The bad news: the total number of accidents went up.

The main cause for accidents on Berlin streets are mistakes made when people make a turn – causing over 10.000 accidents on Berlin streets in 2015 alone. Runner up with nearly 6.000 accidents is what I would call selfishness: people either ignore the right of way, or they just don’t care.

Most of the traffic accidents (over 70%) are (of course) caused by cars – or actually car drivers. The number is even higher when we look at the number of car drivers involved in traffic accident: over 75%.

So if you happen to visit Berlin please be careful. Even though Berlin may look and feel quite relaxed, there is a lot of bad things happening also – traffic accidents being one of them. Please be careful, take your time – and also look after others. Only because the traffic lights are green doesn’t mean you are actually safe. Thank you!

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Top 17 Home Countries of Berlin Visitors

Roaming across Berlin City you may have noticed, that there are quite some tourists visiting Berlin in the summer. And you may have asked yourself “So where are all the tourists actually coming from?” Spoiler: the top 3 home countries are Germany, USA and the UK.

The Berlin office for statistics (Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg) actually knows quite well, where Berlin’s visitors are coming from. And recently they released a data report on the actual numbers of people that stayed at Berlin hotels and hostels in June.

I flipped through the numbers and decided to take only the data for countries with a five digit number of visitors. I also added the change compared to June 2014. What I find most interesting here is that tourist numbers for tourists coming from Germany and directly neighbors France, Denmark, Poland and The Netherlands are actually declining while the total average is up more than 4%.

So – here’s the Top 17 Home Countries for June 2015:

Origin: Number: Change:
Germany 672.380 -2.8%
United States of America USA 52.325 +21.9%
United Kingdom UK 50.159 +13.9%
Spain 28.658 +58.7%
Italy 23.340 +25.6%
Switzerland 21.841 +10.4%
Netherlands 20.188 -4.6%
France 16.992 -8.4%
Sweden 15.055 +14.5%
China and Hong Kong 13.932 +60%
Poland 13.253 -5.1%
Austria 13.198 +0.2%
Russia 12.860 +2.2%
Denmark 12.550 -5.1%
Israel 11.713 +13.1%
Australia and New Zealand 11.161 +5.6%
other countries 138.517
total 1.128.122 +4.3%

Data: CC BY Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg

And where are you from?
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Berlin: a Single City (both male and female)

Are you single? Or I should actually rather ask: Are you living alone? The good news is: you are not alone. A recent research tells us, the majority of Berlin apartments are inhabited by one person – or in other words: the majority of Berlin households are single-person households.

For long-term Berliners this probably isn’t the newest news – already in 2004 microcensus-data showed us, that most of Berliners seem to live alone. But also locals may find it still interesting that nothing much has changed in the past ten years: Berlin (still) is the Capital of singles. And – yes – that does somehow apply to female and male Berliners. That is at least my conclusion since the report doesn’t actually distinguish between sexes.

Anyways. Here’s some of the ‘Single Facts’

  • More than half of Berlin households are single households – or in numbers: 53.9% of Berlin apartments are inhabited by one person only – which is 3.7% more than the results of the last research ten years before.
  • Berlin now has less households (2014: 17.7%) inhabited by three or more Berliners, than ten years ago (2004:18.9%).
  • A bit more than a quarter of all Berlin households (28,4%) are two-person households.
  • This ‘trend’ also seems to apply to elderly people: In Berlin over 40% of people older than 65 years live alone – in Brandenburg it’s less than 30%.
  • In the inner-city districts Mitte and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg have the highest percentage of single-person apartments – 60% more households are single-person households compared to the all other Berlin districts
Berlin: a single-person household city

Berlin: households compared

What do these statistics tell us? Do men and women prefer to live alone? Is this a sign, that Berlin apartments are still quite affordable? Is the traditional family mother-father-child a vanishing construct in large cities? How does Berlin compare to other great cities like London, Paris, New York, Tokyo? I must admit I’m a bit puzzled – living in a two-person household myself I know only very few people living alone. But maybe that’s just me? I’m looking forward to read your point of view – please feel free to leave a comment…

data / microcensus-data: CC BY – Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg

Berlin Apartment Rent – the Berlin Rent Index 2015

The Private Residential Rent – or Apartment Rent Index for Berlin has just been released. Any surprises? Not so much: slowly but surely Berlin’s apartment rents are rising. But how much? And are Berlin apartments still affordable? That is actually not so easy to answer.

Ok – let’s face it: to rent an apartment in Berlin can still be quite affordable – especially if you compare average rents paid in Berlin to average rents paid in other large German cities like Hamburg, Frankfurt or Munich. And compared to other European capitals the average apartment rents in Berlin may appear even more moderate.

It seems to be difficult to find reliable numbers that would tell more about the actual situation. What every Berliner knows: apartment rents are  rising – and in some neighborhoods rents are actually rising wildly. The rent index however only covers the average rent – it doesn’t cover the actual rise which appears when tenants change. Rumors are, that in some previous cheaper or more affordable areas of Berlin like Neukölln and Wedding some apartment rents have risen by 50% to 100% within a year. The increase of the average rent documented by the rent index however appears to be actually still quite modest – the average numbers don’t really tell how much about the actual trends, the actual developments.

And what the Berlin Rent Index 2015 also does not tell is how difficult it actually can be to first find an affordable apartment and then also be the one who can actually sign the contract and move in. But maybe that’s a different story anyways. However – if you would like to have an insight into the ‘official’ interpretation, then you may check either of the following pages:

Mietspiegelabfrage / Interactive Apartment Rent Index Tool

You ‘just’ need to enter your address, the year the building was built and the size of your apartment and the tool will spit out the average apartment rent paid for a comparable apartment:

Wohnlagenkarte / Berlin Rent Index Map

a map showing Berlin residential areas colored in three categories: areas with an average rent above Berlin’s average are colored in red, average areas in orange – and below average in yellow:


As far as I can see Berlin apartment rents vary between approximately €4,- and €8,- per square meter, depending on the area you are looking for an apartment and the condition of the apartment / building. So for an average two room apartment in Kreuzberg or Prenzlauer Berg you would probably have to pay anything between €400 and €800 – heating and electricity not included. In Reinickendorf or Lichtenberg however you would probably only have to pay between €300 and €600 per month for an apartment of the same size. Or in other words: a coal heated one room apartment in Köpenick is still a lot cheaper than a roof top loft with a view in Mitte. News? You decide.

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