The Netherlands Cities Review

June 2023

Amsterdam remained the most populous city in 2022, with population growth driven by migration. High internet connectivity rates in Dutch cities contribute to their readiness for smart city solutions and the expansion of 5G network technology. Utrecht boasts the highest disposable income per capita, while Amsterdam leads in terms of labour market strength. Environmental concerns drive the need for green transportation alternatives, encouraging investment in infrastructure and energy efficiency.

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The Netherlands Cities Review is based on Euromonitor’s City Scorecard. The scorecard is a benchmarking tool used to evaluate the consumer and economic performance of 1,000+ largest cities globally. The scorecard considers indicators across eight key pillars that are at the core of a city’s consumer market development. The scorecard is built by ranking cities in a country/regional context and provides an easy-to-understand system to quickly identify city-specific risks and opportunities.

Euromonitor’s City Scorecard covers over 30 indicators in eight pillars:
• Population
• Consumer Expenditure
• Digital Consumer
• Wealth
• Possession of Household Durables
• Economy
• Labour
• Transport

The Netherlands Cities Review helps to evaluate potential market size by city and formulate a more informed image of the urban consumer. Key economic indicators combined with income, spending and employment data help businesses map potential market sizes. Comparative data and newest city insights will help businesses customize and tailor country market entry strategies pinpointing the cities with the most future potential.

The The Netherlands Cities Review market research report includes:

  • Major Netherlands cities scorecard
  • Detailed ranking of cities in terms of future growth, wealth, labour and other key consumer and economic indicators
  • Historic data on population, consumer expenditure, digital consumer and other indicators
  • Five-year forecasts of trends and city growth

The The Netherlands Cities Review in Netherlands report answers: 

  • How does a specific city fair in terms of consumer market attractiveness compared to a country/region?
  • Which cities will be the fastest growing in Netherlands?
  • What is the consumer market potential in specific cities?
  • Which cities in “Country” have the largest number of wealthy consumers?
  • How does the city affordability differ across country and region?
  • How does labour productivity differ across cities?
  • What is the household profile in different cities?

The Netherlands Cities Review


Amsterdam remains attractive for education and employment opportunities
Apeldoorn and Breda lead the way in digital connectivity
Utrecht to offer the highest disposable income in the Netherlands
Affluent cities cushioned by higher incomes amid rising costs
Amsterdam to remain the largest contributor to the Netherlands’ economy
Passenger cars in use increase in Breda
Summary 1 City Scorecard by Pillar 2022
Chart 1 Population in 2022 and Population Growth 2022-2027
Chart 2 Population by Age by City 2022
Chart 3 Average Household Size by City 2022
Chart 4 Population Density and Net Migration 2022
Summary 2 City Scorecard in Population Pillar 2022
Chart 5 Total Consumer Expenditure in the Netherlands by City 2022
Chart 6 Consumer Expenditure per Capita and Consumer Expenditure Growth 2022-2027
Chart 7 City Affordability, Consumer Expenditure on Housing and Transportation 2022
Chart 8 Discretionary vs Necessity Consumer Expenditure 2022
Summary 3 City Scorecard in Consumer Expenditure Pillar 2022
Chart 9 Share of Households with Internet and Broadband Internet Access 2022
Chart 10 Possession of Digital Devices by City 2022
Summary 4 City Scorecard in Digital Consumer Pillar 2022
Chart 11 Disposable Income per Capita and Disposable Income Growth 2022-2027
Chart 12 Number of Households by Disposable Income Band 2022
Chart 13 Number of Households with Disposable Income Over USD150,000 2022-2027
Chart 14 Household Possession of Kitchen Durables by City 2022
Chart 15 Household Possession of Entertainment Electronics by City 2022
Chart 16 Household Possession of Other Durables by City 2022
Chart 17 Number of Passenger Cars and Motorcycles per Household 2022
Chart 18 Possession of Transport Vehicles by City 2022
Summary 5 City Scorecard in Wealth Pillar 2022
Chart 19 GDP per Capita in 2022 and Real GDP Growth by City 2022-2027
Summary 6 City Scorecard in Economy Pillar 2022
Chart 20 Economically Active Population in 2022 and Employed Population Growth by City 2017-2022
Chart 21 Labour Force Participation Rate and Unemployment by City 2022
Chart 22 Labour Productivity Value and Productivity Growth by City 2017-2022
Summary 7 City Scorecard in Labour Pillar 2022

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