Alb-Donau-Kreis – Facts & Figures
Geographically, the Alb-Donau-Kreis region is characterized by the Swabian Jura in the north as well as the rivers Danube and Iller in the south. It is located in the south-east of the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg.
With its 1,359 square kilometres, Alb-Donau-Kreis is the seventh largest of 35 administrative districts in Baden-Württemberg, and it is also the one with the most municipalities.
The roughly 190,000 inhabitants of Alb-Donau-Kreis live in 55 cities and municipalities. The largest city is Ehingen, an urban hub in the south of the district, with almost 26,000 inhabitants.
Today’s Alb-Donau-Kreis administrative region was established during the municipal territory reform in 1973. It was created out of the former regional districts of Ulm and Ehingen as well as smaller territories of the former district of Münsingen.
The district administration’s offices are located in Ulm. The economic and scientific hub in the east of Baden-Württemberg is a self-governing city, yet with very close ties to the administrative district. After all, roughly 25,000 employees, interns and students commute from Alb-Donau-Kreis to Ulm every day.
The administrative district’s population has seen rapid growth in recent years. Since the census in 1987, the district population increased from 165,500 inhabitants by nearly 15 per cent!
Together with the city of Ulm and the Neu-Ulm regional district, Alb-Donau-Kreis is also member of the Ulm Innovative Region.