Esbjerg Close Up

Esbjerg City is made up of a number of districts and neighbourhoods, inhabited by people with different resources and living conditions. This can be seen in the differences in the levels of income and education, age structure and in the size of households, among other things. In addition, population growth is higher in some districts than in others.

This is common knowledge, but by using highly detailed geographical analyses, we are now able to document, quantify and chart these differences.

The maps on pages 4 to 17 reveal patterns which show both the diversity of Esbjerg and the fact that it is a city on the move. The maps show some districts to be closely interconnected, while others are more like “islands” in the urban landscape. Some parts of the city are also shown to be homogeneous, while others consist of several different population groups.

Broadly speaking, the maps show that:

The population is undergoing particular growth in several of the outer parts of Esbjerg, and also in parts of the city centre.

There is a higher concentration of highly educated people in urban areas close to the water and in a band stretching from the city centre to Gjesing.

People with vocational upper secondary and tertiary education or short-cycle tertiary education typically settle in a wide ring around the city centre, from Tjæreborg in the southeast to Hjerting in the northwest.

The average age is lowest in the city centre and in the outer parts of Esbjerg, and highest in the West of the city centre and up along the coast, northwest of the city centre. Household sizes are typically small in the city centre where many young and elderly people live, increasing in size the further away from the city centre you come.

There are no clear geographical patterns when it comes to household income. High and low-income households are scattered throughout many districts and urban areas of Esbjerg.