Central German Metropolitan Region
|Central German Metropolitan Region|
|• Metro||2,000 km2 (800 sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
The Central German Metropolitan Region (German: Metropolregion Mitteldeutschland) is one of eleven metropolitan regions in Germany. It is centered on the major cities of Leipzig and Halle, extending over Central German parts of the states of Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony. The Central German metropolitan region is the only one entirely located within the new states of Germany.
The largest of the nine member cities are Leipzig in Saxony, Halle (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt and Erfurt in Thuringia. The member cities total 2.4 million people.
Except for Zwickau, all towns hold the status of an independent city. The surrounding catchment areas officially are not part of the metropolitan region, though generally added for statistical and practical purposes.
All cities had to face a population decrease after German reunification, first upon the migration of labour to former West Germany (the 'old states') entailing heavy brain drain impacts, since the mid-1990s particularly due to an ongoing suburbanization process. The shrinkage and the affiliated drop in tax revenue has been partly compensated by amalgamation and the incorporation of suburban municipalities. Nevertheless the cities' infrastructure has reached the limits of spatial extension, and after a wide-scale refurbishment of downtown areas, a remigration process has recently occurred.
- deutsche-metropolregionen.org (PDF), BBR, Monitoring-Bericht 2010.