The most desirable places for people who like to live and work in Germany are located in the northern states of Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia, according to a new report by the German Council for Economic Research.
In all, about 14.6 million people lived in the north of Germany last year, according the report.
That’s an increase of 4.3 million people since 2014, the year the country experienced its worst recession since World War II.
“The region in which people are happiest is Bavaria,” says Stefan H. Schmid, director of the Munich Center for Urban and Regional Research at the Bavarian Institute of Technology.
“There are not too many cities in Germany with good quality of life.
In Bavaria the quality of living is very high.”
Housing costs in the city of Munich are the second-highest in Germany behind Berlin, and the average monthly salary is about twice that of Berlin, the Munich Institute for Urban Studies said in a report.
The city has seen a dramatic rise in home prices in the past two decades, with home values jumping about 40 percent since 2000, according in the Munich-based Munich Re:think Institute.
“It is clear that housing is an important factor in the quality and happiness of people’s lives,” said Klaus Lauterbach, director at the Munich Re.think Institute and an economist at the Free University of Berlin.
“It is important that people have good quality housing.”
The most desirable parts of Germany for work and leisure are in the southern states of North Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden, the study found.
That includes Berlin, which is home to around a quarter of all new jobs in Germany, and other German cities like Munich and Badenhof, which are home to about 20 percent of new jobs.
The researchers said the German economy is doing well in the south, but it’s not necessarily strong enough to provide an alternative to northern regions like Bavaria.
The report says a major challenge in the future will be to make cities more attractive to work, which can help boost people’s happiness.
Read more: The study said a major part of the solution will be in the government’s new economic policies, which aim to encourage more companies to relocate to the south and more people to work.
Holland, the Netherlands and Belgium, have among the lowest rates of unemployment in Europe, with about 2.4 percent, according a report by Deutsche Bank.
But the Netherlands, which has a large population of younger people, has had a relatively low unemployment rate.
More from the report: In Germany, home ownership is at its highest level in almost 20 years, while home ownership in the United States is at a record low.
The housing market is more attractive in Germany because the labor market is better and companies are able to recruit more people.