List of cities in Germany by population

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This is a list of cities in Germany by population. In Germany, a city (Großstadt) is officially defined as an administration unit with a population greater than 100,000. The federal capital is shown in yellow, state capitals (except Schwerin, which does not meet the list criterion) in light blue.

This list deals exclusively with the areas within city administrative boundaries. The largest urban area in Germany is the Ruhr, more accurately called the Ruhr district or Ruhr region (German Ruhrgebiet'), which has an area of 4,435 km² and a population of some 5.2 million (2009). It is not in the list because it is not a single administrative unit, but is made up of cities like Essen and Dortmund.

For a list of all towns (i.e. places with populations under 100,000), as well as cities, see: List of towns and cities in Germany

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Federal capital
State capital


RankCityPop.
1950
Pop.
1960
Pop.
1970
Pop.
1980
Pop.
1990
Pop.
2000
Pop.
2009
Pop.
2010
Area
[km²]
Density
per km²
Growth
[%]
(2000–
2010)
State
(Bundesland)
1.Country symbol of Berlin color.svg Berlin3,336,0263,274,0163,208,7193,048,7593,433,6953,382,1693,442,6753,460,725887,703,8992.32Country symbol of Berlin color.svg Berlin
2.Coat of arms of Hamburg.svg Hamburg1,605,6061,836,9581,793,6401,645,0951,652,3631,715,3921,774,2241,786,448755,162,3664.14Coat of arms of Hamburg.svg Hamburg
3.Muenchen Kleines Stadtwappen.svg Munich831,9371,101,3841,311,9781,298,9411,229,0261,210,2231,330,4401,353,186310,694,35511.81Landessymbol Freistaat Bayern.svg Bavaria
4.Wappen Koeln.svg Cologne594,941801,142849,451976,694953,551962,884998,1051,007,119405,172,4864.59Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
5.Wappen Frankfurt am Main.svg Frankfurt532,037675,009666,179629,375644,865648,550671,927679,664248,312,7374.80Coat of arms of Hesse.svg Hesse
6.Coat of arms of Stuttgart.svg Stuttgart496,490637,366634,202580,648579,988583,874601,646606,588207,352,9253.89Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser).svg Baden-Württemberg
7.Wappen der Landeshauptstadt Duesseldorf.svg Düsseldorf500,516697,891660,963590,479575,794569,364586,217588,735217,222,7103.40Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
8.Coat of arms of Dortmund.svg Dortmund507,349640,802640,642608,297599,055588,994581,308580,444280,712,068−1.45Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
9.DEU Essen COA.svg Essen605,411729,462696,419647,643626,973595,243576,259574,635210,322,732−3.46Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
10.Bremen Wappen.svg Bremen444,549563,270592,533555,118551,219539,403547,685547,340325,421,6821.47Bremen Wappen.svg Bremen
11.Dresden Stadtwappen.svg Dresden494,187493,603502,432516,225490,571477,807517,052523,058328,311,5939.47Coat of arms of Saxony.svg Saxony
12.Coat of arms of Leipzig.svg Leipzig617,574589,632583,885562,480511,079493,208518,862522,883297,361,7586.02Coat of arms of Saxony.svg Saxony
13.Coat of arms of Hannover.svg Hannover444,296574,672521,003534,623513,010515,001520,966522,686204,142,5601.49Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Lower Saxony
14.Wappen von Nürnberg.svg Nuremberg362,459458,401478,181484,405493,692488,400503,673505,664186,382,7133.53Landessymbol Freistaat Bayern.svg Bavaria
15.Stadtwappen der Stadt Duisburg.svg Duisburg410,783503,641452,721558,089535,447514,915491,931489,599232,832,103−4.92Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
16.Stadtwappen der kreisfreien Stadt Bochum.svg Bochum289,804362,490343,809400,757396,486391,147376,319374,737145,662,573−4.20Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
17.DEU Wuppertal COA.svg Wuppertal363,224421,378417,694393,381383,660366,434351,050349,721168,392,077−4.56Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
18.Wappen-stadt-bonn.svg Bonn115,394146,889275,722288,148292,234302,247319,841324,899141,222,3017.49Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
19.Wappen Bielefeld.svg Bielefeld153,613174,527168,609312,708319,037321,758323,084323,270257,921,2530.47Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
20.Wappen Mannheim.svg Mannheim245,634311,383332,378304,303310,411306,729311,969313,174144,962,1602.10Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser).svg Baden-Württemberg
21.Coat of arms de-bw Karlsruhe.svg Karlsruhe198,840240,450259,091271,892275,061278,558291,959294,761173,461,6995.82Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser).svg Baden-Württemberg
22.Wappen Münster Westfalen.svg Münster118,496180,871198,878269,696259,438265,609275,543279,803302,969245.34Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
23.Wappen Wiesbaden.svg Wiesbaden220,741257,293250,715274,464260,301270,109277,493275,976203,931,3532.17Coat of arms of Hesse.svg Hesse
24.Augsburg wappen.svg Augsburg185,183206,422213,230248,346256,877254,982263,646264,708146,841,8033.81Landessymbol Freistaat Bayern.svg Bavaria
25.Stadtwappen der kreisfreien Stadt Aachen.svg Aachen129,811170,367175,451243,947241,861244,386258,380258,664160,841,6085.84Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
26.DEU Moenchengladbach COA.svg Mönchengladbach124,879152,414151,085258,424259,436263,014258,251257,993170,451,514−1.91Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
27.DEU Gelsenkirchen COA.svg Gelsenkirchen315,460388,608347,074304,386293,714278,695259,744257,981104,942,458−7.43Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
28.Wappen Braunschweig.svg Braunschweig223,760242,489223,275261,141258,833245,816247,400248,867192,151,2951.24Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Lower Saxony
29.Coat of arms of Chemnitz.svg Chemnitz293,373286,329299,411317,644294,244259,246243,089243,248220,841,101−6.17Coat of arms of Saxony.svg Saxony
30.Wappen Kiel.svg Kiel254,449271,610271,070250,062245,567232,612238,281239,526118,652,0192.97Coat of arms of Schleswig-Holstein.svg Schleswig-Holstein
31.DEU Krefeld COA.svg Krefeld171,875211,479222,666223,969244,020239,916235,414235,076137,751,707−2.02Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
32.Coat of arms of Halle (Saale).svg Halle289,119277,855257,261232,294310,234247,736232,323232,963135,021,725−5.96Wappen Sachsen-Anhalt.svg Saxony-Anhalt
33.Wappen Magdeburg.svg Magdeburg260,305261,594272,237289,032278,807231,450230,456231,549200,991,1520.04Wappen Sachsen-Anhalt.svg Saxony-Anhalt
34.Wappen Freiburg im Breisgau.svg Freiburg109,717141,637163,568175,106191,029205,102221,924224,191153,061,4659.31Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser).svg Baden-Württemberg
35.DEU Oberhausen COA.svg Oberhausen202,808258,626246,199228,947223,840222,151214,024212,94577,112,762−4.14Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
36.Wappen Lübeck (Alt).svg Lübeck238,276232,140239,955220,588214,758213,399209,818210,232214,21981−1.48Coat of arms of Schleswig-Holstein.svg Schleswig-Holstein
37.Wappen Erfurt.svg Erfurt188,650186,448196,528211,575208,989200,564203,830204,994269,147622.21Coat of arms of Thuringia.svg Thuringia
38.Rostock Wappen.svg Rostock133,109158,630198,636232,506248,088200,506201,442202,735181,261,1181.11Coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (great).svg Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
39.Coat of arms of Mainz-2008 new.svg Mainz88,369133,089174,858187,392179,486182,870197,778199,23797,742,0388.95Coat of arms of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Rhineland-Palatinate
40.Coat of arms of Kassel.svg Kassel162,132206,354214,785195,912194,268194,766194,774195,530106,781,8310.39Coat of arms of Hesse.svg Hesse
41.Stadtwappen der Stadt Hagen.svg Hagen146,401195,500201,042218,927214,449203,151190,121188,529160,351,176−7.20Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
42.Wappen Hamm.svg Hamm59,86668,77584,629171,869179,639182,427181,741181,783226,25803−0.35Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
43.DEU Saarbruecken COA.svg Saarbrücken111,450129,801128,251193,554191,694183,257175,810175,741167,091,052−4.10Wappen des Saarlands.svg Saarland
44.Muelheimruhrwappen.svg Mülheim an der Ruhr149,589183,979192,183181,279177,681172,862167,471167,34491,291,833−3.19Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
45.Herne Coat of Arms.svg Herne111,591113,252103,849182,542178,132174,529165,632164,76251,413,205−5.60Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
46.Wappen Ludwigshafen.png Ludwigshafen am Rhein123,869164,657176,257159,399162,233163,383163,340164,17777,552,1170.49Coat of arms of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Rhineland-Palatinate
47.Osnabrück Wappen.svg Osnabrück109,538135,821144,864157,367163,168164,101163,514164,119119,801,3700.01Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Lower Saxony
48.Wappen oldenburg.png Oldenburg122,809122,337131,545136,764143,131154,832161,334162,173102,981,5754.74Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Lower Saxony
49.DEU Leverkusen COA.svg Leverkusen65,53193,940107,626160,825160,919161,047160,593160,77278,872,038−0.17Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
50.Solingen wappen.svg Solingen147,845170,619177,124166,085165,401164,973160,992159,92789,541,786−3.06Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
51.Coat of arms of Potsdam.svg Potsdam118,180115,004111,336130,900139,794129,324154,606156,906187,5383721.33Brandenburg Wappen.svg Brandenburg
52.Wappen Neuss.png Neuss63,47893,680116,013149,334147,019150,013151,280151,38899,531,5210.92Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
53.Wappen Heidelberg.svg Heidelberg116,488127,595121,398133,227136,796140,259146,466147,312108,831,3545.03Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser).svg Baden-Württemberg
54.DEU Paderborn COA.svg Paderborn40,27052,77368,207110,155120,680139,084145,320146,283179,518155.18Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
55.Wappen Darmstadt.png Darmstadt94,788138,736141,847138,201138,920138,242143,332144,402122,091,1834.46Coat of arms of Hesse.svg Hesse
56.Wappen Regensburg.svg Regensburg117,291123,751130,888132,604121,691125,676134,218135,52080,701,6797.83Landessymbol Freistaat Bayern.svg Bavaria
57.Wappen von Wuerzburg.svg Würzburg78,443115,541116,395128,652127,777127,966133,195133,79987,631,5274.56Landessymbol Freistaat Bayern.svg Bavaria
58.Wappen Ingolstadt alt.svg Ingolstadt40,52352,54070,59490,490105,489115,722124,387125,088133,379388.09Landessymbol Freistaat Bayern.svg Bavaria
59.Wappen Heilbronn.svg Heilbronn64,64387,203102,300111,938115,843119,305122,415122,87999,881,2303.00Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser).svg Baden-Württemberg
60.Coat of arms of Ulm.svg Ulm71,13290,38393,158100,671110,529117,233122,087122,801118,691,0354.75Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser).svg Baden-Württemberg
61.Wappen Wolfsburg.svg Wolfsburg25,42262,57790,115125,935128,510121,805121,109121,451204,05595−0.29Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Lower Saxony
62.Stadtwappen Goettingen.PNG Göttingen78,68077,785109,892129,656121,831124,132121,457121,060116,891,036−2.47Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Lower Saxony
63.Wappen Offenbach am Main.svg Offenbach am Main89,030115,051118,841110,993114,992117,535118,770120,43544,892,6832.47Coat of arms of Hesse.svg Hesse
64.Wappen Pforzheim.svg Pforzheim54,14381,37391,104106,500112,944117,156119,788119,78198,001,2222.24Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser).svg Baden-Württemberg
65.Recklinghausen Wappen.jpg Recklinghausen104,791130,405125,369119,418125,060124,785119,050118,36566,431,782−5.14Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
66.DEU Bottrop COA.svg Bottrop93,268111,246106,225114,571118,936120,611117,241116,771100,611,161−3.18Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
67.Wappen Fürth.svg Fürth99,89098,61594,41599,088103,362110,477114,044114,62863,351,8093.76Landessymbol Freistaat Bayern.svg Bavaria
68.Wappen Bremerhaven.svg Bremerhaven114,070141,017142,919138,728130,446120,822114,031113,36693,821,208−6.17Bremen Wappen.svg Bremen
69.Wappen Stadt Reutlingen.png Reutlingen45,73566,65979,70595,456103,687110,650112,132112,48487,061,2921.66Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser).svg Baden-Württemberg
70.DEU Remscheid COA.svg Remscheid103,276125,912136,822129,082123,155119,287111,422110,56374,601,482−7.31Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
71.Wappen Koblenz.svg Koblenz66,44497,867120,079113,676108,733107,950106,445106,417105,051,013−1.42Coat of arms of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Rhineland-Palatinate
72.DEU Bergisch Gladbach COA.svg Bergisch Gladbach32,68141,40950,228101,472104,037105,693105,699105,72383,111,2720.03Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
73.Erlangen.jpg Erlangen50,01168,56985,061101,845102,440100,778105,554105,62976,951,3734.81Landessymbol Freistaat Bayern.svg Bavaria
74.DEU Moers COA.svg Moers34,83245,90853,41099,923104,595107,062105,929105,50667,691,559−1.45Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
75.Coat of arms of Trier.svg Trier75,52685,210103,59895,53697,83599,410104,587105,260117,138995.88Coat of arms of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg Rhineland-Palatinate
76.Wappen Jena.png Jena80,30981,19088,130103,718102,51899,893104,449105,129114,479185.24Coat of arms of Thuringia.svg Thuringia
77.Wappen Siegen.svg Siegen38,78748,21057,563112,320109,174108,476103,984103,424114,67902−4.66Coat of arms of North Rhine-Westfalia.svg North Rhine-Westphalia
78.Wappen Hildesheim.png Hildesheim72,29294,35293,373102,619105,291103,909102,903102,79492,181,115−1.07Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Lower Saxony
79.Coat of arms of Salzgitter.svg Salzgitter100,667108,872119,031113,600114,355112,302103,446102,394223,91457−8.82Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Lower Saxony
80.Wappen Cottbus.png Cottbus60,87466,81383,444113,479125,891108,491101,671102,091164,29621−5.90Brandenburg Wappen.svg Brandenburg
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