Of the 16.2 million .de domains worldwide, roughly 15 million were registered in German cities and districts at the end of 2018. On average, 180 of 1,000 German citizens have a domain with the German country-code extension. You find detailed graphs, analyses and data on the precise distribution among the 401 cities and districts in the statistics section of our website and in our press release on the regional domain statistics 2018.
The cities and in particular the large cities continue to show a high domain density, while domain penetration in rural areas often remains below the average values. You can download the detailed data for all 401 cities and districts here.
In 2018, the total number of registrations in Germany declined for first time, albeit at a very low level, since .de domains were launched in 1986. The national growth rate of 2018 based on the number of domains was minus 0.9 percent. You can track the trends and developments since 1999 in the annual statistics.
The number of .de domains with holders resident outside Germany, in contrast, continued to rise. Here, the growth rate of 2018 was 3.4 percent. With 1.2 million domains, international domain holders account for 7.6 percent of all .de domains under management. To learn more about the trends of .de domain development and distribution with regard to domain holders whose principal residence is outside of Germany, read our comprehensive press release on the regional domain statistics 2018.