In the digital age, rural exodus becomes urban exodus. High cost of living and limited living space have long ensured that more and more people have moved to the suburbs of their metropolis. The corona crisis intensifies this trend. Because the boom in the home office is also providing new flexibility in the place of residence. This trend is particularly extreme in New York City. But even in this country, many city dwellers are thinking about moving these days.
City exodus in the Corona crisis
Stepstone has calculated where this step is worthwhile and where it is not. Because – keyword “bacon belt”: the surrounding area is not always cheaper than the metropolis. The job platform took a look at the ten largest German cities. The average salaries and cost of living (expenses for housing, food, transport and leisure) were compared with the data for the surrounding districts. “It shows: Those who live and work in the country often earn less than in the big city. As a rule, however, there is still more money left at the end of the month because the cost of living is more affordable, ”stated the experts.
The comparison therefore assumes that those affected will also start a new job near their place of residence after moving. However, if you keep your old job in the home office, the change will probably pay off significantly more.
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# 10 Stuttgart
The experts do not have good news for Stuttgart. The above-average salaries are offset by above-average rental prices. In the surrounding district of Böblingen, however, things hardly look any better. A move would only bring about 100 euros more into the household budget.
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# 9 food
In none of the ten largest cities in Germany studied do people have as much money left over at the end of the month as in Essen, according to Stepstone. “The high average salary of 61,836 euros and the low cost of living – especially the low rental prices – ensure that the Essen employees have almost 1,300 euros a month,” said the job platform. “There is no cheaper way to live in the surrounding area. Both in the Ennepe-Ruhr district and in the Mettmann district, the cost of living is no cheaper than in Essen. “
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# 8 Dortmund
For financial reasons alone, however, a move from Dortmund to the surrounding area is hardly worthwhile according to the comparison. This is due to the good ratio of salary and cost of living in the city. On average, the Dortmunders remain around 950 euros per month. It would only be a little more in the district of Unna or in the Ennepe-Ruhr district.
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# 7 Düsseldorf
According to Stepstone, Düsseldorf residents even have 856 euros at their disposal at the end of the month. According to the calculation, there is an increase of around 17 percent with the move to the Mettmann district.
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# 6 Cologne
According to the analysis, the move can quickly pay off for Cologne residents. With around 597 euros at your disposal, they are not in a bad position in a comparison of the metropolises. According to the information, it can be 234 euros more in the Rhine district of Neuss.
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# 5 Munich
In Munich, too, it is better to calculate carefully. Because the move is not automatically worthwhile, the experts warn: “The ratio of salary and cost of living looks much worse in the nearby district of Munich – here the employees are left with an average of 61,163 euros per year and living costs of over 3,000 euros per month in the end purely arithmetically almost nothing left. ”In the Freising district, on the other hand, it was 490 euros.
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# 4 Leipzig
In the case of Leipzig, on the other hand, the city wins against the country. According to Stepstone, Leipzigers have an average of 760 euros per month at their disposal. If you change jobs and move to the surrounding area, you would often get worse: “Both in the Northern Saxony and Burgendland districts, the salary is significantly lower and the cost of living is even higher. A move to neighboring rural areas is therefore not worthwhile from a financial point of view. “
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# 3 Berlin
Low salaries, high cost of living and a brutal housing market are driving more and more people out of Berlin. According to the information, only around 250 euros per month remain on average from the salary. Moving to the Oder-Spree district could cost around 610 euros.
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# 2 Frankfurt am Main
In Frankfurt am Main, residents have a lot more money on average than in Hamburg. “Despite the very high rents, employees in the banking city still have around 700 euros a month at their disposal,” Stepstone calculated. But things are going even better, for example in the Main-Kinzig district. “Here people earn more than 10,000 euros less annually – they have an average of almost a third more of their salary left than the Frankfurters.”
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# 1 Hamburg
Hamburg has one of the highest rental prices in Germany. The result: “With a gross salary of 59,111 euros per year and living costs of around 2614 euros per month, the Hamburg residents only have 341 euros per month at their disposal,” stated the Stepstone experts. According to them, it is therefore worth moving to the Stade district. The average salary is around ten percent lower than in the Hanseatic city. “In return, the employees still have around 243 euros more per month than the hamburgers,” the comparative calculation showed. Stade is not just Stade, however. The district borders on Hamburg in the south-west, and the Airbus plant is just beyond the city limits. In this border area, the rents in Stader are likely to be well above the district average.