Facts and Figures

The growth sector of the cultural and creative industries are among the defining industries of the Stuttgart Region, along with the Automotive industry and mechanical engineering.

Overall, the Stuttgart Region is characterised by its large domestic market with a huge number of industrial customers. This distinguishes it from other metropolitan regions and offers special opportunities for creative professionals. The local providers of creative services benefit from their close proximity to potential clients and have therefore always worked very closely with the traditional regional key industries such as automobile and machine construction. But the region’s high number of leisure activities also distinguishes the location in a special way. The fact that the creative industries are developing so well is also due to the important cultural institutions, theatres, museums, galleries and clubs located here.

Facts and figures about the Stuttgart Region

  • 3,654 square kilometres
  • Population: 2.7 million (from 170 countries) spread over 179 cities and municipalities in six counties
  • Population density: 749 inhabitants/km²
  • With 1.2 million employees one of the leading business locations in Europe
  • Central location in the economically strong Frankfurt-Munich-Zurich triangle
  • Capital region of the most economically powerful German federal state
  • Proximity to customers, suppliers, universities and research institutions
  • Qualified specialists through excellent training facilities
  • High social stability, world-class culture and high-tech location

Further information on living and working in the region is available at www.region-stuttgart.de

How European cities perform in terms of creativity and culture is shown by a comparative monitor presented by the EU Commission, „The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019“. The scoreboard also analyses the strengths and improvement potential of 15 German cities. Stuttgart and Munich are well ahead in the „creative economy“ factor.

The new scoreboard was developed by the Commission’s scientific service and compares 168 cities of various sizes from the EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway.

Stuttgart ranks first among 34 compared „XL“ cities in the „Creative Economy“ scoreboard, mainly thanks to its large number of copyright applications. Software and game development, publishing houses and advertising agencies dominated the creative sector, it is said, but cultural vitality and the State Opera House are also highlighted.