Frankfurt is a comparatively small city. The European metropolis has gained around 100,000 new residents (+16 %) in the past 10 years, but only around 750,000 people live within the city limits. This places Frankfurt in 5th place in the largest German cities:
- Berlin (3.9 million inhabitants)
- Hamburg (1.8 million inhabitants)
- Munich (1.5 million inhabitants)
- Cologne (1.1 million inhabitants)
- Frankfurt (750,000 inhabitants)
Frankfurt thus has just under 20% of the population of Berlin. When looking at just city borders, the German financial metropolis also appears tiny against international cities like Paris (2.1 million inhabitants in the core city and 10 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area) and London (8.9 million inhabitants). Every city simply has its own development cycles.
Nevertheless, Frankfurt is becoming more and more attractive internationally, which is also due to the existence of its surrounding area (2.7 million inhabitants) and the Rhine-Main region (5.7 million inhabitants). Frankfurt today takes on a metropolis function for large parts of Germany.