Based on statistical data provided by tax authorities, the number of business start-ups in the liberal professions has been calculated. In 2014, approx. 81,100 start-ups have been recorded in the liberal professions. The number of start-ups in the liberal professions has increased in the years 2012 to 2014, while the number of start-ups in the branches of commerce and industry has declined. For the first time, we present data for the so-called planning regions and the 20 biggest cities in Germany. On average, agglomerations feature a substantially higher propensity for business start-ups in the liberal professions than rural or less urbanized regions. This applies to all cities with more than one million inhabitants, but for other big cities, too. Among the 20 biggest cities in Germany, Bonn, Berlin and Cologne hold the top positions with regard to the propensity to start a new business in the liberal professions.
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