The estimated total population of Austria was 8,623,073 in July of 2015, of which 25% was found in its capital city of Vienna. The cities of Graz, Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck all have more than 100,000 in population with the rest of Austria’s cities having populations of under 100,000. Its diverse population includes around 1.27 million foreign-born residents that make up 15.2% of the country’s population. There are an estimated 415,000 naturalized citizens, born of foreign parents residing in the country. Germans, Turkish Kurds, Slovenes, Croats, Serbs, and Bosniaks all add up to around 5.1% of Austria’s population. Roman Catholics make up 74% of the population while protestants make up 5%. Atheists constitute an estimate 12% of the Austrian population, and most of the rest are either Muslim, Jewish, or Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Urban Economics In Austria
The social market economy of Austria has helped maintain its lead as the 12th richest country in the world. The privatization of formerly nationalized businesses over the last several decades has resulted in an economic boom. Tourism generates 10% of revenues in Austria’s economy. Its first class services sector has always been an income source for its 3 million workforce. Its exports of wine also contributes to its export revenues. All of these industry sectors help bring job opportunities to the cities in Austria.
Vienna the Biggest
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is the most heavily populated city in the country with a population of 1,840,573 individuals. It offers jobs in real estate, manufacturing, new media, and communications technologies.
Second on the list is the city of Graz, a university city in the state of Styria with a population of 273,838 individuals. It offers jobs in hospitals, museums, and tourism.
Third is Linz in Upper Austria with a population of 198,18. Job opportunities include manufacturing, logistics, trade, and tourism.
Fourth is Salzburg in Salzburg with a population of 148,420. It offers jobs in tourism.
Fifth is Innsbruck in Tyrol with a population of 126,851. A university city that offers great job opportunities in medical devices, energy production, insurance, and engineering.
Sixth is Klagenfurt in Carinthia with 97,827 individuals. Job opportunities are in tourism, light industry, and electronics.
Seventh is Villach in Carinthia with a population of 60,480 individuals. A historic city with commerce and recreation linked job opportunities.
Eighth is Wels in Upper Austria with a population of 59,853 individuals. Its own Wels Fair is a good start for employment opportunities as well as its extensive services sector.
Ninth is Sankt Pölten in Lower Austria with a population of 52,716 individuals. Jobs market opportunities abound in the paper industry, furniture, engineering, and media.
Tenth is Dornbirn in Vorarlberg with a population of 47,420 individuals. Job markets are in tourism, clothing, textile, agriculture, machinery, packing materials, and electronics.
Trends for the Future of Austria's Demography
Experts estimate that there will be an increase of 6.8% in the country’s population in 2030 from 2012. This figure will be represented by the aging population reaching the age bracket of 60 years old and slightly above. This is seen as a 42.4% increase to that aging bracket. Figures also show that between 2000 and 2011, there was a yearly increase of 34,910 individuals arriving in the country. But experts say a lower number is expected between 2012 and 2030 at just 30,767 increase in population. Most experts agree that, by 2030, Austria’s population will have topped the 9.0 million mark.
Biggest Cities In Austria
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