The German capital of Berlin passed the one million .de domain name registrations in 2016, with 1,006,806 domains registered to its inhabitants at the end of the year, ahead of Munich (600,538) and Hamburg (585,772). But on a per capita basis Osnabruck once again is the leader with 1,516 .de domains per 1,000 inhabitants, again far ahead of all its competitors. As in 2015 it was followed by Munich (420) and Bonn (413).
On a regional basis the south of Germany leads with Bavarian administrative district of Freising (436 domains) now the leader overtaking Starnberg (406) with the district of Munich (377) third again. For the whole of Germany there are 183 .de domains per 1,000 inhabitants. Some of the higher individual statistical values reflect local domain investors with larger-scale domain portfolios.
As of 31 December 2016, about 14.9 million .de domains were registered in 402 cities and districts of Germany. Adding to these numbers are more than 1.1 domains of holders whose place of residence is abroad. In total, more than 16.1 million .de domains were registered at the end of 2016 while today there are almost 16.178 million.
The east-west divide in Germany continues to be quite stark with registrations per capita significantly lower than the west, although growth rates in the eastern part of Germany growing faster than in the west.
The state of Hamburg comprising the city of Hamburg and its wider outskirts with 332 domains per 1,000 inhabitants maintains its uncontested leading position and stays far ahead of Berlin (290) and the state of Bavaria with its vast lands (207). As in the preceding year, the state of Saxony-Anhalt (83) brings up the rear after the states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Thuringia with 106 and 108 domains per 1,000 inhabitants respectively. The national growth rate (0.49 percent) was below that of 2015 (1.28 percent). In 2016, all federal states of the eastern part of Germany, except for Sachsen and Brandenburg, exceeded the average growth rate.
The year-on-year total domain growth rate for 2015/2016 was 0.7 percent compared to 1.3 percent in 2014/2015. This is an increase of about 105,000 domains (previous year: 198,000). There were 16.01 million .de domains registered at the end of 2016 including 1,146,500 to addresses outside Germany (2015: 1,114,358). This corresponds to 7.1 percent of the total number of domains registered under .de. Registrants of .de domains originate from 217 countries. As in the past, German domains are particularly popular in the United States (24%), the Netherlands (11%) as well as in the Russian Federation (11%). But Germany’s European neighbours Great Britain, Switzerland and Austria and also the United Arab Emirates account for 6 percent respectively of the .de domains with non-German-based registrants. In total there were 16,114,504 .de domain names registered on 31 December 2016. Statistically, every fifth inhabitant of the Federal Republic of Germany has registered a domain under the TLD .de. Thus, Germany consistently ranks fourth in the world after the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark.