The FrankfurtRheinMain region - facts and figures

The FrankfurtRheinMain region can be roughly split into two areas: The FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region with more than 5.7 million inhabitants is one of the leading regions in Europe. It lies on the intersection of the three federal states Bavaria, Hesse, and Rheinland-Pfalz. In addition to the cities Frankfurt am Main and Offenbach am Main, the region of the Regional Authority covers the districts Hochtaunus, Main-Taunus, Offenbach, and part of the districts Groß-Gerau, Main-Kinzig, and Wetterau. The region includes 75 municipalities with about 2.3 million inhabitants. We have compiled some facts and figures below for the area of the Regional Authority as well as for the metropolitan region. Underneath this you will see our statistics viewers.


Area of the Regional Authority/ Metropolitan Region


Area of the Regional Authority

The area of the Regional Authority consists of 75 municipalities:

Area of the Regional Authority


Overview — Facts and figures

Area 12/2015

2.458,5 km²

Inhabitants 12/2015


Population density 12/2015

943 inhab./km²

Change in population
5/2011 - 12/2015

+135.997 (+6,2%)


Employees liable to pay social security contribution 6/2015
... of which working in the service sector industry 2015




Change in number of employees liable to pay social security contribution 6/2011 - 6/2015

+79.875 (+7,9%)

Unemployed individuals 12/2015


Gross domestic product 2013

118.387  million Euro

Places of residence 12/2015


Settlement and transportation area 12/2015

698,19 km²

Trade tax rate (Second  quater 2016)

310% – 460%

Purchasing Power Index 2010 (Average in Germany = 100) 116,1

Sources: Regional monitoring of the Regional Authority, Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt, Bundesagentur für Arbeit



Brochure Regional Monitoring 2014

The brochure "Regional Monitoring 2014 – Facts and Figures on the Regional Authority FrankfurtRheinMain" provides statistical analyses for the individual municipalities on the subjects of population, employment, construction and housing, traffic, public services, land-use, and finances. You can download the brochure from our publications page.

FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region

 What is a metropolitan region? In accordance with the decision of the conference of ministers for regional planning on April 28, 2005, eleven German regions were designated metropolitan regions. They concentrate

  • political and business decision-making and control functions (e.g. government seats, business headquarters),
  • technical-scientific and socio-cultural innovations, and
  • fast access to markets, knowledge, people (gateway function).
Altogether, about two thirds of all inhabitants in Germany live and work in these metropolitan regions. You can find data and maps for all European metropolitan regions in Germany in the monitoring of the initiative 'European Metropolitan Regions in Germany', download link on the right.



German metropolitan regions


The eleven German metropolitan regions


The FrankfurtRheinMain region with about 5.6 million inhabitants, more than three million employees, and a gross domestic product of 216 billion Euros, is one of the most important German metropolitan regions. This is thanks to its internationally outstanding position as transportation hub, trade show location and finance market, as well as science and services location.

The FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region is defined as the region from the Gießen district to the Bergstraße district (north-south) and from the Mainz-Bingen district to the Aschaffenburg district (west-east). The region extends over three federal states and includes 18 districts in addition to the seven district-free cities of Frankfurt am Main, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Offenbach am Main, Mainz, Worms and Aschaffenburg. A total of 468 municipalities belong to the region. In the south, the region merges into the metropolitan region Rhein-Neckar; correspondingly, the Bergstraße district and the self-governing city Worms are part of the inter-state Rhein-Neckar region.


Brochure Regional Monitoring 2015  - FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region

Find more detailed information, data, and illustrations about this and other topics in the brochure "Regional Monitoring 2015 – facts and figures on the FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region" which you can download from our publications page.

Statistics viewer – get a handle on complex numbers with this tool

The following interactive maps give you a specific look at the region of the Regional Authority and the FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region. In the case of the Regional Authority, the statistics viewer makes it possible to compare the 75 member municipalities visually – and self-governing cities and the districts in the region at the level of the metropolitan region. In addition, you can view the information in form of timelines. Find interesting indicators on the topics population, employment, housing, traffic, public services, land use, finances, and energy.



The statistics viewer European metropolitan regions in Germany

The statistics viewer for the metropolitan regions (German) compares the data of the individual metropolitan regions in Germany. It considers indicators such as labor market, education and qualifications, finances, and subsidies. Economic performance, science, and housing and real estate market.