The population of Germany's big cities declined in 2021 at the fastest rate since 1994, according to a demographic survey.

The number of people who moved to live in smaller towns or villages increased by 1.8 percent compared to 2019, according to data from the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB).

Most people between the ages of 30 and 50 leave the big cities with their children.

"The data says that the trend of deurbanization of entire families, which had begun to be observed before the pandemic, has intensified in 2021," says the expert from the institute Tamilvai Kolova.

German unemployment rose

The main reasons for the "escape" from the cities are the shortage of homes, their high prices, as well as certain preferences of families.

German villages