The Münsterland is a region of the future - that's what it says in the Future Atlas 2022 by the renowned economic research institute Prognos. Why is that so? Compared to the Future Atlas 2019, the region has made an important leap in the ranking: it has left the solid midfield, where the opportunities outweigh the risks, and is now one of the regions where the future opportunities outweigh the risks. A positive development, despite the pandemic.
Overall, the study shows that the future is also being created away from the metropolises. Up-and-coming medium-sized regions like the Münsterland are growth engines for the German economy and provide stability in times of crisis.
Every three years since 2004, the Future Atlas has examined the sustainability of German regions - using 29 macro- and socio-economic indicators - and compares them in a nationwide ranking. The indicators can be assigned to four overarching thematic fields: Demography, Labour Market, Competition and Innovation, and Prosperity and Social Situation. A total of 400 cities and districts are listed in the 2022 ranking.
Compared to the study from 2019, Münster and the four districts have improved their rankings, in some cases considerably:
In the area of demographics Münster even lands in 7th place and thus belongs to the top 10 regions with the best chances nationwide.
According to the study, these are the reasons for the positive development of the Münsterland. The housing situation is also more relaxed in rural regions than in metropolises. In addition, companies often find commercial space here more easily and at lower prices.
The number of employees in the so-called industries of the future has increased rapidly in Münsterland. According to Prognos, this makes it one of 52 top growth regions in this area.
The industries of the future in Germany include the plastics industry, logistics, construction, healthcare and several others. They will be of central importance for economic growth in the coming years.
Münster, for example, is strongly represented in the IT & telecommunications sector, while the districts of Borken and Coesfeld are particularly well positioned in mechanical engineering.
These findings are also partly in line with the Tech-Trends Münsterland. These were identified in a study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and have particular development potential for companies in the region.
The Future Atlas gives a small taste of why Münsterland is a great place to live and work. But there are many more good reasons. We show you how innovative, liveable and ambitious the region is.