Mainz and Rheinhessen, as part of the Rhine-Main Region, belong to one of the most dynamic economic regions in Central Europe.
Particular areas of competence lie in the media – Europe’s largest broadcaster, the Second German TV channel, ZDF, is based in Mainz – , high-technology, health care, service and trade. Important major enterprises, such as Siemens, Schott Glas and Nestlé in Mainz, as well as the pharmaceuticals group Boehringer Ingelheim in Rheinhessen, and also active small to medium-sized companies shape economic life. Viticulture, agriculture and tourism are of particular importance in addition.
The economic location Mainz and Rheinhessen profits from its closeness to Frankfurt Airport as well as from an extremely well-developed network of railways, roads and waterways. Researchers, developers and over 35,000 students from all over the world teach, learn and work at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. And, thanks to its modern Congress Centrum, the city has also made a name for itself as a venue for congresses and conferences.
The income and unemployment statistics regularly bear witness to the prospering economy. Mainz and Rheinhessen lie far above the German national average here with regard to incomes, and far below the average with their unemployment figures.