Gütersloh district

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Coat of arms of the Gütersloh district Map of Germany, position of the Gütersloh district highlighted

Coordinates: 51 ° 56 '  N , 8 ° 21'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Detmold
Regional association : Westphalia-Lippe
Administrative headquarters : Gutersloh
Area : 969.21 km 2
Residents: 364,938 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 377 inhabitants per km 2
License plate : GT
Circle key : 05 7 54
Circle structure: 13 municipalities
Address of the
district administration:
Herzebrocker Strasse 140
33334 Gütersloh
Website : www.kreis-guetersloh.de
District Administrator : Sven-Georg Adenauer ( CDU )
Location of the Gütersloh district in North Rhine-Westphalia
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The district of Gütersloh is a regional authority with 364,938 inhabitants (December 31, 2019) in the administrative district of Detmold ( Ostwestfalen-Lippe region ) in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia . The district has the highest number of inhabitants in the Detmold administrative region. The district town is Gütersloh .


Natural spaces

The Hengeberg in Halle (Westf.)

The majority of the district lies in the Ems sand plain and thus in the Westphalian Bay . Here the sandy soils prevail along the Ems and in the foreland of the Teutoburg Forest ; the Senne is known .

In the north, the district extends beyond the Teutoburg Forest into the Ravensberger Mulde and, with these natural areas, has a share in the Weser Uplands .

The main ridge of the district is the Teutoburg Forest, the main body of water is the Ems with the Ems springs. Accordingly, the highest point in the district is the Hengeberg in the Teutoburg Forest at 316  m above sea level. NN , while the lowest point at 56  m above sea level. NN in the Emstal west of Harsewinkel.

Watercourses with a length of more than 17 km in the district are:

Extension and use of the district area

The district covers an area of ​​968.08 km². The predominant part consists of agriculturally used area and forest area, together about 76.5%, followed by settlement and traffic area, together about 21%. The greatest extent in north-south direction is about 46.1 km and in east-west direction about 45.5 km. The northernmost point is northwest of the center of Borgholzhausen at about 52 ° 8 ′ 5.04 ″  N , 8 ° 17 ′ 15.98 ″  E , the southernmost point is at Mastholte in the area of ​​the municipality of Rietberg at 51 ° 43 ′ 2 , 99 "  N , 8 ° 23 '7.61"  O .

The land use in the district is divided as follows:

according to type of use¹
Building, open
and operational space
cemetery area

Surface of water
Bog, heather,
Area in km² 609.59 131.03 127.85 58.47 15.84 14.91 1.45 1.87 7.06
Share of total area 63.0% 13.5% 13.2% 6.0% 1.5% 1.6% 0.2% 0.2% 0.7%

¹ State database NRW municipal profile for independent cities, districts and municipalities, as of November 2010

Neighboring areas

The district of Gütersloh borders clockwise in the north, beginning with the district of Osnabrück (in Lower Saxony ), the district of Herford , the independent city of Bielefeld and the districts of Lippe , Paderborn , Soest and Warendorf .

Gütersloh Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock Verl Rietberg Langenberg Rheda-Wiedenbrück Herzebrock-Clarholz Steinhagen Werther (Westf.) Halle (Westf.) Harsewinkel Borgholzhausen Versmold Kreis Paderborn Kreis Lippe Kreis Soest Bielefeld Kreis Herford Kreis Warendorf Niedersachsen Nordrhein-WestfalenMunicipalities in GT.svg
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Circle structure

(Residents on December 31, 2019)


  1. Borgholzhausen (8,968)
  2. Gutersloh (100,861)
  3. Halle (Westphalia) (21,577)
  4. Harsewinkel (25,163)
  5. Rheda-Wiedenbrück (48,644)
  6. Rietberg (29,545)
  7. Holte-Stukenbrock Castle (26.872)
  8. Verl (25,318)
  9. Versmold (21,603)
  10. Werther (Westphalia) (11,150)

Other communities

  1. Herzebrock-Clarholz (16.004)
  2. Langenberg (8,619)
  3. Steinhagen (20,614)

Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Rietberg, Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock and Verl have the status of a middle district city , Gütersloh is a large district city .


Administrative history

Part of the former district administration in Wiedenbrück (Reckenberg)

The district of Gütersloh was formed from the two districts of Wiedenbrück and Halle (Westphalia) as part of the North Rhine-Westphalian regional reform as part of the implementation of the Bielefeld Act on January 1, 1973 . The two old districts were formed in 1816 when Prussia divided its former provinces (here the province of Westphalia ) into administrative districts and districts.

The newly formed town of Harsewinkel from the three communities of Greffen , Harsewinkel and Marienfeld ( Warendorf district ) and the community of Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock from the Bielefeld district, which was also dissolved at that time, were also assigned to the new district . The latter was formed in 1970 through the amalgamation of the communities of Schloß Holte , Sende (both Wiedenbrück district) and Stukenbrock ( Paderborn district ) and was initially assigned to the Bielefeld district. From the former Beckum district , the Benteler community was assigned to the Langenberg community and thus to the Gütersloh district.

Since the regional reform, the district of Gütersloh has consisted of 13 cities and municipalities. It was initially based in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. In 1997 the district administration moved to Gütersloh.

Corona infected people in Tönnies main plant and contact restrictions for the entire district (2020)

In June 2020, the Tönnies Holding company premises in Rheda-Wiedenbrück became the center of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Rhine-Westphalia with over 1500 infected people. In connection with the high number of infections at Tönnies, there was criticism from various sides of the working conditions of the Eastern European slaughterhouse employees, who were mainly employed via subcontractors through work contracts with Tönnies . On June 23, 2020, Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) ordered renewed contact restrictions ( lockdown ) for the Gütersloh district until June 30, 2020. In the Gütersloh district, it is the "largest infection incident" in Germany to date. On June 29, 2020, the contact restrictions for the Warendorf district were lifted from July 1, 2020 and extended to July 7, 2020 for the Gütersloh district. On June 29, 2020, after several talks between Prime Minister Laschet and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ( ÖVP ), Austria withdrew the general travel warning issued at the meat company Tönnies after the severe Corona outbreak for all of North Rhine-Westphalia and to the circles affected by the infection limited. The Münster Higher Administrative Court lifted the extended corona restrictions for the Gütersloh district on July 6, 2020. After the Corona outbreak, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia should have issued a more differentiated regulation among the employees of the meat processor Tönnies. A lockdown for the whole circle would therefore no longer be proportionate. A similar decision by the state government was anticipated, according to the district administrator of the Gütersloh district, Sven-Georg Adenauer. With a few exceptions, most new infections occurred at the beginning of July 2020, according to the Gütersloh district, in people related to the Tönnies butchery.

Population statistics

While the Gütersloh district had around 280,000 inhabitants when it was founded, the population grew by around 25% to over 350,000 over the next three decades.

Population development in the Gütersloh district from 1939 to 2007

The following overview shows the population of the Gütersloh district. The numbers up to 1970 refer to the area of ​​the district founded in 1973. The figures are census results up to 1970 and 1987 and from 1975 official updates by the State Office for Data Processing and Statistics . The figures from 1975 to 1985 are estimated values, the figures from 1990 onwards based on the results of the 1987 census. The data before 1985 relate to the resident population and from 1985 to the population at the place of the main residence .

year Residents
1939 (May 17) 141,826
1950 (Sep 13) 201,752
1961 (June 6) 233,459
1970 (May 27) 264.188
1975 (Dec. 31) 278,685
year Residents
1980 (Dec. 31) 287.027
1985 (Dec. 31) 286.504
1987 (May 25) 287,883
1990 (Dec. 31) 303,829
1995 (Dec. 31) 329.043
year Residents
2000 (Dec. 31) 345.379
2005 (Dec. 31) 353.250
2007 (Dec. 31) 354.239
2011 (May 9) 350.420
2013 (Dec. 31) 352,334
year Residents
2015 (Dec. 31) 360,642
2016 (Dec. 31) 361,828

Denomination statistics

According to the 2011 census , 31.4% of the population in 2011 were Protestant , 38.8% were predominantly Roman Catholic and 29.8% were non-denominational , belonged to another religious community or did not provide any information. The number of Protestants and Catholics has fallen since then. As of January 1, 2019, 30% of the 371,429 inhabitants are Protestant, 34% Roman Catholic and 36% either belong to another religion or are non-denominational.


District council

Election of the Gütersloh District Assembly in 2014
in percent
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p
+ 0.2  % p
+ 2.3  % p
+ 0.3  % p
-1.2  % p
+ 3.7  % p
+ 0.6  % p
-4.6  % p
-1.4  % p
Allocation of seats in the
Gütersloh district assembly in 2014
A total of 61 seats

Among the seats of the CDU is that of the district administrator.

The district building on Herzebrocker Strasse

The district council currently has 60 members who, according to the results of the local elections on May 25, 2014 , are distributed among the individual groups as follows (as of September 2014):

CDU SPD GREEN Citizen List Non-attached District Administrator total
27 16 7th 4th 6th 1 61
AfD 2

Since the district elections in 2014, the previous coalition of CDU and FDP no longer has a majority. A new coalition was not formed.

The administrative budget of the district in 2006 was around 268.2 million euros, the budget around 24.5 million euros.

District Administrator

year District Administrator
1973-1983 Paul Lakämper (CDU) unsalaried
1983-1988 Fritz Ostmeyer (CDU) unsalaried
1988-1994 Franz-Josef Balke (CDU) unsalaried
1994-1997 Ursula Bolte (SPD) unsalaried
1997-1999 full-time
1999 – today Sven-Georg Adenauer (CDU) full-time

Partner and sponsorships

The district of Gütersloh maintains a district partnership with the district of Valmiera in Latvia. He has sponsored the Frankenstein district in Silesia and the Rosenberg district in West Prussia. In almost all cities and municipalities in the district there are city partnerships, sponsorships and / or partnership relationships with other cities at home and abroad.


  • Gütersloh district - Frankenstein district (Silesia);
  • Gütersloh district - Rosenberg district (West Prussia);
  • City of Rheda-Wiedenbrück - City of Frankenstein and City of Reichenstein (Silesia);
  • City of Gütersloh - Wine sponsorship through the wine city of Lorch in the Rheingau

Partnerships (in other European countries and overseas)

  • District of Gütersloh - District of Valmiera (Latvia)
  • City of Borgholzhausen - New Haven / Missouri (USA)
  • City of Gütersloh - Châteauroux (France), Broxtowe (Great Britain), Grudziądz / Graudenz (Poland), Falun (Sweden) and Rschew (Russia)
  • City of Halle (Westphalia) - Ronchin (France) and Valmiera (Latvia)
  • City of Harsewinkel - Les Andelys (France)
  • Herzebrock-Clarholz municipality - Le Chambon-Feugerolles (France), Steenwijk (Netherlands)
  • City of Rheda-Wiedenbrück - Oldenzaal (Netherlands), Palamos (Spain), Canton Aouda and Canton Adjengré (Togo)
  • City of Rietberg - Ribérac (France) and Glogowek / Oberglogau (Poland)
  • Municipality of Steinhagen - Woerden (Netherlands), Fivizzano , (Italy)
  • City of Verl - Delphos / Ohio (USA)
  • City of Versmold - Dobczyce (Poland)

Partnership relationships with East German cities

  • City of Borgholzhausen - Lößnitz (Ore Mountains)
  • Municipality of Langenberg - Neuzelle (Brandenburg)
  • City of Rheda-Wiedenbrück - Heiligenstadt (Thuringia)
  • City of Holte-Stukenbrock Castle - Ostritz (Saxony)
  • City of Verl - Annaburg (Saxony-Anhalt)
  • City of Werther (Westphalia) - Werther (Thuringia)

coat of arms

The district of Gütersloh was granted the right to use the coat of arms described below with a certificate from the District President Detmold dated September 12, 1974:

District coat of arms of the district of Gütersloh.svg
Blazon : "In the divided shield above in silver (white) three red rafters, covered with a golden (yellow) shield with a red six-spoke wheel, below in red a golden (yellow) eagle."
Reasons for the coat of arms: The coat of arms contains symbols of the earlier district coats of arms of Halle (Westphalia) (from 1947) and Wiedenbrück (from 1935). The rafters represent the old county of Ravensberg ; the wheel is reminiscent of the former Osnabrück office of Reckenberg , the eagle of the old county of Rietberg . The colors red and gold are also the colors of the former Hochstift Münster and Hochstift Paderborn , to which Harsewinkel and Stukenbrock formerly belonged.

Culture and sights

Buildings and parks

The castle Ravensberg in Borgholzhausen was in 1080 by Hermann II. Of Calvelage built, Count of Ravensberg, as a military base.

The Rheda Castle is one of the oldest moated castles in Westphalia and is located in the middle of a historic castle garden in the Flora-Westfalica -Park in Rheda-Wiedenbrück . Other castles in the district of Gütersloh are the moated castle Tatenhausen , the moated castle Holtfeld , the hunting lodge Holte and the castle Möhler .

The Peter-August-Böckstiegel-Haus in Werther (Westphalia) is an authentically preserved artist's house, in which the artistic work of the expressionist Peter August Böckstiegel , his closeness to nature and his homeland and his extraordinarily diverse creative power are reflected.

There are also many parks in the district that are worth seeing: the Rietberg Garden Show, the Gütersloh Botanical Garden , the monasteries in Herzebrock and Clarholz and the Flora Westfalica in Rheda-Wiedenbrück.

Theater, museums and art

In addition to various local museums, there are other museums in the list of museums in the Gütersloh district . The Miele Museum in Gütersloh is devoted to the history of the washing machine, among other things, the Gütersloh City Museum has, in addition to city history, departments on the history of technology and medicine, in the Westphalian Small Train and Steam Locomotive Museum - better known locally as "Mühlenstroth" - are historic locomotives to marvel at. In the Wiedenbrücker Schule Museum arts and crafts are shown.

The expressionists Woldemar Winkler and Peter August Böckstiegel are among the important artists who come from the area of ​​the district . The S-Galerie in the headquarters of Sparkasse Gütersloh shows works by Woldemar Winkler at regular intervals. The Kreiskunstverein exhibits works by local and national artists in the historic Veerhoffhaus on Alten Kirchplatz in Gütersloh.

Peter August Böckstiegel

In 2010, a new theater with up to 530 seats was opened in the district town of Gütersloh . Concerts take place on an open-air stage in Mohns Park in summer. In Rietberg, the cultura is a round theater on three floors, a modern variant of the Globe Theater built in London in 1599 . In the Volksbank-Arena, an open-air stage in the Rietberger Gartenschaupark, cabaret and music events take place in front of up to 2500 spectators.


Nature reserves

In the district there are 45 nature reserves (including extension areas of nature reserves in adjacent districts) with a total area of ​​around 47.2 km². This corresponds to around 4.9% of the total area of ​​the circle. Most of these areas serve to protect wet meadow habitats .

The nature reserves in the individual municipalities are (as of January 1, 2011; double mention if the area is distributed over several municipalities) :

City /
Nature reserves number
Total size in the municipality (ha, approx.)
% of the community area Overview map of the nature reserves in the district
Borgholzhausen Johannisegge – chimney , Ravensberg - Barenberg , Salzenteichs Heide 03 346.25 06.20
Am Lichtebach (Naturschutzgebiet) Am Merschgraben Am Sundern Baggersee Greffener Mark Boomberge Egge (Naturschutzgebiet) Emssee Erlenbruch und Schlosswiesen Rheda Feuchtwiese Vennheide Feuchtwiesen Hörste Feuchtwiesen Hörste Feuchtwiesen In den Wösten Feuchtwiesen Ströhen Fleckernheide Foddenbach-Landbach Foddenbach-Landbach Furlbachtal Gartnischberg Grasmeerwiesen Graureiherkolonie bei Harsewinkel Große Wiese Großer Berg – Hellberg Hesselner Berge Holter Wald Hühnermoor (Kreis Gütersloh) Kipshagener Teiche Im Binner Jakobsberg (Naturschutzgebiet) Johannisegge–Schornstein Knüll – Storkenberg Mersch (Naturschutzgebiet) Moosheide Ölbachtal mit Augustdorfer Dünenfeld Ravensberg – Barenberg Rietberger Emsniederung Rietberger Fischteiche Salzenteichs Heide Schellenwiese Spexard (Naturschutzgebiet) Steinbruch Schneiker Tatenhauser Wald Versmolder Bruch WehrbachtalGutersloh
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Gutersloh Am Lichtebach , Große Wiese , Spexard 03 298.21 02.66
Hall Barrelpäule , Feuchtwiesen Hörste , Feuchtwiese Vennheide , Gartnischberg , Großer Berg - Hellberg , Hesselner Berge , Knüll - Storkenberg , Ravensberg - Barenberg, Quarry Schneiker , Tatenhauser Wald 10 984.18 14.20
Harsewinkel At Sundern , Greffener Mark quarry pond , boom mountains , gray heron colony , chicken moor 05 170.59 01.70
Herzebrock-Clarholz Mersch 01 006.75 00.09
Rheda-Wiedenbrück At Merschgraben , Erlenbruch and Schlosswiesen Rheda 02 082.85 00.73
Rietberg Emssee , Im Binner , Rietberger Emsniederung , Rietberger fish ponds , Schellenwiese 05 580.99 05.27
Holte-Stukenbrock Castle Holter Forest , Kipshagener Teiche , Moosheide , Ölbachtal , gorges and moors on the upper Furlbach , Wehrbachtal 06th 930.75 13.80
Steinhagen Egge , Feuchtwiesen In den Wösten , Feuchtwiesen Ströhen , Feuchtwiese Vennheide, Foddenbach-Landbach , Jakobsberg 06th 461.61 08.21
Loss Fleckernheide , sea ​​meadows , large meadow 03 169.24 02.37
Versmold Salt pond Heide, Versmolder Bruch 02 278.84 03.26

There are no nature reserves in the areas of Werther and Langenberg.


The top-class soccer teams are provided by SC Verl and SC Wiedenbrück 2000 , who will compete in the Regionalliga West in the 2013/14 season . The FC Gütersloh , who earlier in the 2. Bundesliga took, playing in the fünftklassigen Oberliga Westfalen . The women's soccer club FSV Gütersloh 2009 plays in the women's Bundesliga .

There are five 18-hole golf courses in the Gütersloh district.

Economy and Infrastructure

In the Future Atlas 2016 , the district of Gütersloh was ranked 72nd out of 402 districts, municipal associations and independent cities in Germany, making it one of the places with "high future opportunities". The district is one of the most sustainable and economically stable within North Rhine-Westphalia


Road traffic

The federal highway 2 (Dortmund – Hanover) can be reached in the district of Gütersloh via the junctions Gütersloh, Rheda-Wiedenbrück and Herzebrock-Clarholz, the federal highway 33 (Bielefeld – Paderborn) via the driveways Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock, Stukenbrock / Senne in the south and Borgholzhausen in the North. The federal highways 55 ( Niederrhein - Ostwestfalen-Lippe via Langenberg and Rheda-Wiedenbrück), 61 ( Ruhr area - Bremen via Rheda-Wiedenbrück and Gütersloh), 64 ( Münsterland - Harz via Herzebrock-Clarholz, Rheda-Wiedenbrück and Rietberg ) also run through the district ) and 68 ( Oldenburger Münsterland - Warburger Börde via Halle (Westphalia)). The B 513 leads from Sassenberg to Gütersloh .

Rail transport

The district area is crossed in a west-east direction by the main route Ruhrgebiet – Hannover – Berlin, which is important for passenger and freight traffic (see Hamm – Minden railway line ) with the stations Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Gütersloh (also individual ICE and regular IC stops) and Isselhorst-Avenwedde. Several mostly single-track branch lines branch off from it: the Osnabrück – Bielefeld Haller Willem line , with stops in Steinhagen, Bielefelder Straße, Steinhagen, Künsebeck, Halle (Westphalia), Halle Gerry Weber Stadium, Hesseln, Borgholzhausen and Westbarthausen. There is also the Sennebahn Bielefeld – Paderborn, with a train station in Schloß Holte and the Warendorfer Bahn Rheda-Wiedenbrück– Münster , with stops in Herzebrock and Clarholz.

In addition, the Teutoburger Wald-Eisenbahn (TWE) operates the Ibbenbüren - Hövelhof route for freight traffic via Harsewinkel, Marienfeld, Gütersloh and Verl. There are plans for a partial reactivation of local passenger transport for this route.

Bicycle traffic

In everyday traffic, the bicycle is of considerable importance in the Gütersloh district. On numerous well-developed Pättkes you can drive between the places away from heavy traffic. In the towns, as in Gütersloh, up to 25% of the journeys made by residents are made by bicycle. Several long-distance cycle paths and local cycle paths cross the district, for example the European cycle path R1 , the wellness route , the Ems cycle path and the Teuto-Senne and Hellweg-Weser rail cycle routes . There are bike stations at some train stations, including Gütersloh Hbf , Halle (Westf) and Rheda-Wiedenbrück .

Air traffic

There is a British military airfield in Gütersloh . The closest international airport is Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport .


Daily newspapers

In the Gütersloh district, the Neue Westfälische (particularly high-circulation in Gütersloh), the Glocke (particularly high-circulation in the southern district) and the Westfalen-Blatt appear in regional editions as "Versmolder Anzeiger" or "Verler Zeitung". In the northern district (Halle, Borgholzhausen, Versmold, Steinhagen, Werther) the Haller Kreisblatt is widespread. In the extreme south of the district (Rietberg) the daily newspaper Der Patriot , which appears in Lippstadt , is read.

City magazines

City magazines and advertising papers appear in all towns and communities in the district except Borgholzhausen:

  • Gütersloh: Bonewie, Der Isselhorster, Der Kattenbote, GT Extra, GT-Info, guetsel.de
  • Halle: Haller Willem, experience Halle
  • Harsewinkel: Emskurier, Harsewinkel market square
  • Harsewinkel meeting; The Spoekenkieker (cross-district local magazine Sassenberg / District WAF)
  • Herzebrock-Clarholz: market and community, aha magazine
  • Langenberg: Trend, aha magazine
  • Rheda-Wiedenbrück: The talk of the town, aha magazine
  • Rietberg: Rietberger Stadtanzeiger, Emsblatt
  • Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock: Der Stadt-Anzeiger, SenneFORUM, Stadtjournal SHS
  • Steinhagen: Experience Steinhagen, Steinhagener shop window
  • Verl: Verler Leben, Verler Magazin
  • Versmold: Experience Versmold, Der Spoekenkieker (cross-district local magazine Sassenberg / district WAF)
  • Werther: Werther News, experience Werther

Radio and television

The local radio station is called Radio Gütersloh , produces more than six hours of its own program with news and reports from the entire Gütersloh district during the day and otherwise switches to the supporting program of Radio NRW . Local news is available every hour from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The station can be received in the district via three terrestrial VHF frequencies and cable frequency 97.2.

There is no open channel for the Gütersloh district. Local messages are sent in the WDR broadcast local time OWL .

Established businesses

The largest employers in the industrial and commercial sectors are

138,912 employees subject to social security contributions are registered in the Gütersloh district (as of June 2010). They are mainly distributed across the following industries:

  • Trade (20,228 employees)
  • Mechanical engineering (10,626)
  • Health and Social Services (10,487)
  • Food Industry (9,099)
  • Other economic services (8,991)
  • Manufacture of metal products, metal production and processing (8,481)
  • Transport (7,307)
  • Wood products and furniture (7,167)
  • Construction (7,144)
  • Professional, Scientific, Technical Services (7,016)
  • Information and communication, publishers (4,527)
  • Finance and Insurance (2,645)
  • Printing Industry (2,556)
  • Rubber and Plastic (2,335)
  • Hospitality (2,316)

Compared to the national average, there are a relatively large number of companies from the wood processing / furniture industry, from the food industry and from the printing industry. There are relatively few companies in the hospitality industry.

In the Gütersloh district, the average disposable income of private households in 2008 was EUR 22,375, which is significantly higher than the average in East Westphalia-Lippe (EUR 20,477), North Rhine-Westphalia (EUR 19,837) and Germany (EUR 18,974). The gross domestic product per labor force was 72,460 euros in 2012 (for comparison: OWL 62,988 euros, NRW 65,964 euros, Germany 64,084 euros). In 2008, the purchasing power index was 102.6, 2.6 percentage points above the national average (= 100), with the highest values ​​in Steinhagen (106.5), Gütersloh (104) and Verl (103.6), the lowest in Versmold (99.2), Harsewinkel (99.5) and Borgholzhausen (99.7).

Export quota

The export quota in the manufacturing sector was 34% in 2007. In comparison, the nationwide rate was 43%. In 2011 the export quota in the district as well as in the city of Gütersloh was 36%; Langenberg recorded the lowest rate with 17%, the highest Harsewinkel with 59%.


The unemployment rate in June 2012 was 4.8% after 4.6% in June 2011, 5.3% in June 2010 and 5.4% in June 2009. The unemployment rate in June 2012 was thus 3.1 percentage points lower than in North Rhine-Westphalia (8.0%) and 1.8 percentage points lower than the federal average (6.6%).

In December 2008, 25.97% of all unemployed people had been unemployed for more than a year. In comparison, long-term unemployment in Germany is 32.1% and in NRW 36.83%.

License Plate

When the new circle was formed, it was given the distinctive sign GT with effect from January 1, 1973 .
The old license plates HW (Halle / Westphalia) and WD (Rheda-Wiedenbrück) have not been reintroduced to this day.


  • Matthias E. Borner: Pölter, Plörre and Pinöckel - basic vocabulary for survival in the Gütersloh district. 6th edition. Verlagsunion Vox Rindvieh, Gütersloh 2010, ISBN 3-00-014249-5 .
  • Matthias E. Borner: Pölter, Plörre and Pinöckel 2 - advanced vocabulary for inquisitive new residents in the Gütersloh district. 2nd Edition. Verlagsunion Vox Rindvieh, Gütersloh 2010, ISBN 3-00-018120-2 .
  • Günter Brüning: The emergence of the Gütersloh district (= publications from the Gütersloh district archive , volume 4). 2nd Edition. Gütersloh 1998, DNB 956038166 .
  • Rudolf Grothues, Heinz Heineberg , Rolf Lindemann (eds.): The district of Gütersloh (= cities and communities in Westphalia, vol. 11). Geographical Commission for Westphalia / LWL. Aschendorff Verlag, Münster 2009, ISBN 978-3-402-14937-9 .
  • Wolfgang Knott: The churches in the Gütersloh district. Rhode Druck und Verlag, Harsewinkel 1979, DNB 800713583 .
  • Hagen Kraak: Gütersloh district - culture and landscape. Brüggershemke & Reinkemeier, Gütersloh 1990, ISBN 3-928370-00-6 .
  • District of Gütersloh in cooperation with the working group for homeland care of the homeland associations in the district of Gütersloh (publisher): Heimatjahrbuch Kreis Gütersloh. Flöttmann, Gütersloh, annual periodical.
  • Theres Sudbrock: Regional identity in the Gütersloh district - the effects of the territorial reform 1973 (= publications from the Gütersloh district archive , volume 8). Publishing house for regional history, Gütersloh 2004, ISBN 3-89534-498-2 .
  • o. V .: Types + Typical - The unusual book about typical people and products from the Gütersloh district. Verlag Kommunikation u. Economy, Oldenburg 2003, ISBN 3-88363-230-9 .

Web links

Commons : Kreis Gütersloh  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  2. Source: PDF ( Memento of the original from May 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.it.nrw.de
  3. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  4. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 321 f .
  5. Corona outbreak at Tönnies - Many infected people, zero trust. In: tagesschau.de . ARD , June 20, 2020, accessed on June 20, 2020 .
  6. Coronavirus hotspot NRW - Laschet announces lockdown measures for the entire Gütersloh district. In: spiegel.de . Der Spiegel , June 23, 2020, accessed on June 23, 2020 .
  7. Corona outbreak at Tönnies - Lockdown in Gütersloh. In: tagesschau.de . ARD , June 23, 2020, accessed on June 23, 2020 .
  8. NRW lets lockdown end in Warendorf - but Gütersloh stays. In: Microsoft Network . Reuters , June 29, 2020, accessed June 29, 2020 .
  9. Coronavirus - Austria withdraws general travel warning for NRW. In: Ruhr news . June 29, 2020, accessed June 29, 2020 .
  10. Court lifts corona restrictions in the Gütersloh district. In: welt.de . Die Welt , July 7, 2020, accessed July 7, 2020 .
  11. "Lockdown" in the Gütersloh district canceled: residents react so happily. In: wdr.de . WDR , July 7, 2020, accessed on July 7, 2020 .
  12. ^ State Office for Data Processing and Statistics North Rhine-Westphalia: Special series on the 1987 population census in North Rhine-Westphalia, Volume 1.1: Population, private households and employed persons. Düsseldorf 1989, p. 110.
  13. ^ State Office for Data Processing and Statistics North Rhine-Westphalia: State database North Rhine-Westphalia
  14. Gütersloh Religion District , 2011 census
  15. District of Gütersloh Our Region Figures Data Facts page 6 , accessed on April 18, 2020
  16. election results.nrw.de
  17. § 4 of the main statutes of the Gütersloh district
  18. Future Atlas 2016. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on October 2, 2017 ; accessed on March 23, 2018 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.prognos.com
  19. a b Borner, Güthenke: City Guide Gütersloh. Bielefeld 2010, p. 13.
  20. a b c Statistics report of the district of Gütersloh ( Memento from December 26, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 904 kB)
  21. pro Wirtschaft GT: structural report 2015
  22. ^ The Gütersloh district: Figures, data, facts 2013, Gütersloh district, press office