City Data (67 Large Cities in the Federal Republic of Germany)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Friedrichs, Jürgen (Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Forschungsstelle Vergleichende Sozialforschung, Universitaet Hamburg (Data Collector)
  • Zentralarchiv fuer Empirische Sozialforschung, Universitaet Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Community, Living Environment
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Demography and population
    • Education
    • Community, urban and rural life
    • Crime
    • Trade, industry and markets
    • Specific social services: use and provision
    • Transport, travel and mobility
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic policy
  • Abstract

    Social and economic figures for 67 large West German cities. The data aggregated at city level have been collected for most topics over several years, but not necessarily over the entire reference time period. Topics: 1. Situation of the city: surface area of the city; fringe location in the Federal Republic. 2. Residential population: total residential population; German and foreign residential population. 3. Population movement:live births; deaths; influx; departures; birth rate; death rate; population shifts; divorce rate; migration rate; illegitimate births. 4. Education figures: school degrees; occupational degrees; university degrees. 5. Wage and income: number of taxpayers in the various tax classes as well as municipality income tax revenue in the respective classes; calculated income figures, such as e.g. inequality of income distribution, mean income or mean wage of employees as well as standard deviation of these figures; GINI index. 6. Gross domestic product and gross product: gross product altogether; gross product organized according to area of business; gross domestic product; employees in the economic sectors. 7. Taxes and debts: debt per resident; income tax and business tax to which the municipality is entitled; municipality tax potential and indicators for municipality economic strength. 8. Debt repayment and management expenditures: debt repayment, interest expenditures, management expenditures and personnel expenditures. 9. From the ´BUNTE´ City Test of 1979 based on 100 respondents per city averages of satisfaction were calculated. satisfaction with: central location of the city, the number of green areas, historical buildings, the number of high-rises, the variety of the citizens, openness to the world, the dialect spoken, the sociability, the density of the traffic network, the OEPNV prices {local public passenger transport}, the supply of public transportation, provision with culture, the selection for consumers, the climate, clean air, noise pollution, the leisure selection, real estate prices, the supply of residences, one´s own payment, the job market selection, the distance from work, the number of one´s friends, contact opportunities, receptiveness of the neighbors, local recreational areas, sport opportunities and the selection of further education possibilities. 10. Traffic and economy: airport and Intercity connection; number of kilometers of subway available, kilometers of streetcar, and kilometers of bus lines per resident; car rate; index of traffic quality; commuters; property prices; prices for one´s own home; purchasing power. 11. Crime: recorded total crime and classification according to armed robbery, theft from living-rooms, of automobiles as well as from motor vehicles, robberies and purse snatching; classification according to young or adult suspects with these crimes; crime stress figures. 12. Welfare: welfare recipients and social expenditures; proportion of welfare recipients in the total population and classification according to German and foreign recipients; aid with livelihood; expenditures according to the youth welfare law; kindergarten openings; culture expenditures per resident. 13. Foreigners: proportion of foreigners in the residential population. 14. Students: number of German students and total number of students; proportion of students in the residential population. 15. Unemployed: unemployment rate; unemployed according to employment office districts and employment office departments. 16. Places of work: workers employed in companies, organized according to area of business. 17. Government employees: full-time, part-time and total government employees of federal government, states and municipalities as well as differentiated according to workers, employees, civil servants and judges. 18. Employees covered by social security according to education and branch of economy: proportion of various education levels in the individual branches of the economy.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1969 / 1991
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Aggregate data for 67 large cities that had more than 100000 residents on 31.Dec.1979. Data basis: statistics yearbooks of German municipalities of various years, BURDA: Bunte City Test, GFK data on purchasing power in the large cities of the Federal Republic, prices of property and one´s own home in selected large cities in the publication of the Ring deutscher Makler {realtor organization}, statistics of the state criminal police offices and of the state bureaus of the census, official news of the Bundesanstalt fuer Arbeit {Federal Employment Office}, work statistics, police criminal statistics of the Bundeskriminalamt {Federal Criminal Police Office}, in part special analyses of the Bundesanstalt fuer Arbeit.
Collection Mode
  • Aggregate data from year books and statistical publications and special analyses
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Geographic Unit
    Number of Units: 67
    Number of Variables: 7311
The data set was revised in the time interval from 1983 to 1989 in the Forschungsstelle Vergleichende Stadtforschung {research center for comparative city research} in Hamburg. After 1992 this work was continued by the Zentralarchiv.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2331 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Friedrichs, Jürgen: Kriminalität und sozio-ökonomische Struktur von Großstädten. In: Zeitschrift für Soziologie 1985, 14, S. 50-63.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22