Berlin Still Number One For .DE, While Osnabruck Leads On Per Capita Basis

Berlin is the city with easily the most .de domain names registered in Germany. As of 31 December 2014 there were 955,484 registered out of a total of 14.6 million. And a further one million domains are registered outside Germany.Hamburg had the second highest number of registrations (592,192) ahead of Munich (591,199). But on a per capita basis it was different. Osnabruck regains the lead here with 1,416 .de domains per 1,000 people while Munich is also up one place with 426 to second and third, and in the charts for the first time since 2012 was Bonn with 422.And then there’s administrative districts. Here Starnberg leads with 474 domains per person (third in 2013) ahead of Freising (460, again second) and then Munich (387).Across the country the average number of domains per person increased by four to 181 .de domains per 1,000 people.DENIC note that individual statistical outliers can be due to local domain investors with larger-scale domain portfolios in a particular city or region.On the federal level, the leading trio remains unchanged. The city state of Hamburg with 341 domains per 1,000 people is still by far the leader ahead of Berlin (283) and then Bavaria (209). As in the 2013, Saxony-Anhalt (81) comes last after Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Thuringia with 105 domains per 1,000 people respectively.The national growth rate further declined to 0.63 percent compared to 1.7 percent in 2013. Far better than the average growth rate score Berlin (+4.6 percent) and Schleswig-Holstein (+4.1 percent). Among the federal states in the East of Germany, only Brandenburg (+1.4 percent) and Thuringia (+1 percent) exceed the annual mean value. However, declines in domain numbers are recorded only in the Western part of Germany, in Bavaria (-2.5 percent) and in the hanseatic cities of Bremen (-1.2 percent) and Hamburg (-1.1 percent). Nevertheless, related to absolute numbers, the Free State of Bavaria with more than 2.61 million .de domains still occupies rank two after North Rhine Westphalia, which remains in the lead with 3.25 million .de domains.Internationally, the year-on-year total domain growth rate for 2013/2014 was 1.4 percent compared to 2.0 percent in 2012/2013. This is an increase by about 219,000 domains (previous year: 309,000). Furthermore, the 15.8 million .de domains that were registered at the end of 2014 included 1,097,000 domains registered to registrants outside of Germany (2013: 986,000). This corresponds to about 6.9 percent of the total number of domains registered under .de. Registrants of .de domains originate from 217 countries. Like in the past, German domains are particularly popular in the United States (15 percent) and the Netherlands (12 percent) as well as in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates with 8 percent respectively.Overall, 15,811,430 domains were registered with DENIC on 31 December 2014. Statistically, nearly every fifth person of the Federal Republic of Germany has registered a domain under the TLD .de. Germany consistently ranks fourth in the world after the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark.If you’re keen for more statistical analysis, DENIC has provided comprehensive data and graphic material as well as the complete regional analysis in form of an Excel file for all the 402 cities and districts in the statistics section of the DENIC website going back to 1995. In addition to absolute values, the statistics provide data on the number of domains related to the number of inhabitants, complemented by maps and diagrams showing the absolute and the relative distribution of domestic domains as well as of domain holders residing outside of Germany.