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City of Hamm
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Location of Hamm
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Coordinates: 51°41′N7°49′E / 51.683°N 7.817°E / 51.683; 7.817 Coordinates: 51°41′N7°49′E / 51.683°N 7.817°E / 51.683; 7.817
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Urban district
SubdivisionsHamm-Mitte, Bockum-Hövel, Heessen, Rhynern, Uentrop, Pelkum, Herringen
   Lord mayor (202025) Marc Herter [1] (SPD)
  Total226.26 km2 (87.36 sq mi)
37.7 - 102 m (−296.9 ft)
 (2020-12-31) [2]
  Density790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes 02381, 02382, 02383, 02384, 02385, 02388, 02389, 02307
Vehicle registration HAM
Website www.hamm.de

Hamm (German pronunciation: [ˈham] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ), Latin: Hammona) is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northeastern part of the Ruhr area. As of 2016 its population was 179,397. The city is situated between the A1 motorway and A2 motorway. Hamm railway station is an important hub for rail transport and renowned for its distinctive station building.



Coat of arms

The coat of arms has been in use in its present form for about 750 years. It shows the markish chessboard ("märkischen Schachbalken") in red and silver on a golden field. Originally it was the founders' coat of arms, i. e. the Counts of Mark. The chessboard and the colours are often displayed in the coats of arms of further towns founded by that family line. Similarly, the colours of the city are red and white.


The name Ham means "corner" in the old Low German dialect spoken at that time. In the old times the name thom Hamme would be used, which evolved slowly into its modern form Hamm. The name derives from the description of the Hamm's location in the corner of the Lippe river and the narrow Ahse affluent, where it was founded on Ash Wednesday in March 1226 by Count Adolf I of the Mark.

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Pauluskirche former St.Georg, main church of Hamm
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"Gründungsprivileg" Town rights of Hamm
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Hamm railway station hall
Sri Kamadchi Ampal Temple Hamm Hamm Sri Kamadchi Ampal-Tempel.jpg
Sri Kamadchi Ampal Temple Hamm

Population development

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Until 1833 any population is an approximation, in later times the population was counted or updated by the local government or other institutions of the government.

3 December 1861 ¹11,600
3 December 1867 ¹16,000
1 December 1871 ¹16,924
1 December 1875 ¹18,877
1 December 1880 ¹20,800
1 December 1885 ¹22,523
1 December 1890 ¹24,969
2 December 1895 ¹28,589
1 December 1900 ¹31,371
1 December 1905 ¹38,429
1 December 1910 ¹43,663
1 December 1916 ¹40,776
5 December 1917 ¹40,516
8 October 1919 ¹45,756
16 June 1925 ¹49,777
16 June 1933 ¹53,532
17 May 1939 ¹59,035
31 December 194550,971
29 October 1946 ¹49,751
13 September 1950 ¹59,866
25 September 1956 ¹66,327
6 June 1961 ¹70,641
31 December 196573,520
27 May 1970 ¹84,942
31 December 1975172,210
31 December 1980171,869
31 December 1985166,379
25 May 1987 ¹171,170
31 December 1990179,639
31 December 1995183,408
31 December 2000181,197
31 December 2005180,849

¹ "Volkszählungsergebnis" counted population

Significant minority groups
NationalityPopulation (2018)
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 9,009
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3,255
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 2,929
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1,934
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 1,444
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1,101
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 970
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 661
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 512
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 511
Flag of the Taliban.svg  Afghanistan 239
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 204
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 193
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 163
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 161

Others - 2,781

Politics and structure


The current Mayor ( Oberbürgermeister ) of Hamm is Marc Herter of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) since 2020. The Mayor is directly elected for a five year term. Prior to the 1999 local administration reform in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Oberstadtdirektor was the chief executive of the city, and was chosen by the city council.

The most recent mayoral election was held on 13 September 2020, with a runoff held on 27 September, and the results were as follows:

CandidatePartyFirst roundSecond round
Votes %Votes %
Marc Herter Social Democratic Party 28,77540.742,19063.6
Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann Christian Democratic Union 26,46437.424,17736.4
Arnela Sačić Alliance 90/The Greens 5,0867.2
Pierre Jung Alternative for Germany 3,1374.4
Ingo Müller Free Democratic Party 2,4763.5
Cevdet GürlePro Hamm1,8292.6
Gerd Heistermann Independent 1,1901.7
Sandra Riveiro Vega The Left 1,1111.6
Peter Kessler Independent 4960.7
Christian Worch The Right 1730.2
Valid votes70,73799.066,36799.3
Invalid votes7291.04910.7
Electorate/voter turnout136,56152.3136,46749.0
Source: State Returning Officer

City council

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Results of the 2020 city council election.

The Hamm city council governs the city alongside the Mayor. The most recent city council election was held on 13 September 2020, and the results were as follows:

PartyVotes %+/-Seats+/-
Social Democratic Party (SPD)25,99237.1Increase2.svg 2.022Increase2.svg 2
Christian Democratic Union (CDU)23,38533.4Decrease2.svg 9.219Decrease2.svg 6
Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne)8,92512.7Increase2.svg 5.57Increase2.svg 3
Free Democratic Party (FDP)3,5755.1Increase2.svg 1.03Increase2.svg 1
Alternative for Germany (AfD)3,2744.7Increase2.svg 4.03Increase2.svg 3
Pro Hamm (WG Pro)2,5553.6Increase2.svg 0.82±0
The Left (Die Linke)2,0682.9Decrease2.svg 1.42Decrease2.svg 1
The Right (Die Rechte)2130.3Decrease2.svg 0.60Decrease2.svg 1
Free Voters (FW)1220.2Decrease2.svg 0.20±0
Valid votes70,10998.4
Invalid votes1,1631.6
Electorate/voter turnout136,56152.2Increase2.svg 0.7
Source: State Returning Officer


In 1939, 1968 and 1975 Hamm incorporated several towns and municipalities: in 1939 the village Mark (which the Counts and the county took the name of) and in 1968 the villages of Berge and Westtünnen. In the reorganisation of 1975, the following towns and municipalities were incorporated into the City of Hamm: [ citation needed ]

  1. The town of Bockum-Hövel, Lüdinghausen district
  2. The town of Heessen, Beckum district
  3. The municipality of Uentrop, Unna district, formed in 1968, including the municipalities of Braam-Ostwennemar, Frielinghausen, Haaren, Norddinker, Schmehausen, Uentrop, Vöckinghausen and Werries
  4. The municipality of Rhynern , (Unna district, without Hilbeck incorporated by Werl), formed in 1968, including the municipalities of Allen, Freiske, Hilbeck, Osterflierich, Osttünnen, Rhynern, Süddinker and Wambeln
  5. The municipality of Pelkum, (Unna district), formed in 1968, including the municipalities of Herringen, Lerche, Pelkum, Sandbochum, Weetfeld and parts of Wiescherhöfen.

The number of citizens more than doubles from 83.000 in 1974 to 173.000 in 1975.

City structure

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Ascheberg 1
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Drensteinfurt 2
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Ahlen 2
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Lippetal 3
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Werne 4
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(Map of Hamm's quarters)
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Welver 3
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Bönen 4
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Unna 4
1 District Coesfeld
2 District Warendorf
3 District Soest
4 District Unna

Hamm has seven quarters ( Stadtbezirk ), each divided into residential areas like City, which actually means the center of the city around the Pauluschurch or like Hövel-Radbod near the former entrance to the coalmine Radbod in the quarter Bockum-Hövel. The following table shows the situation in 2006. Every quarter is named with the prefix Hamm, like Hamm-Bockum-Hövel or Hamm-Mitte.

Quarter /
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The former town Bockum-Hövel today forms the quarter with the largest number of inhabitants, closely followed by the centre of the city Hamm-Mitte. The latter is the smallest quarter by metric size.

Twin towns – sister cities

Hamm is twinned with: [3]


In 2006 Hamm was the first city to accomplish a "Ratsbürgerentscheid" (citizens decision). Subject of the plebiscite was a plan to build a 43 ha city lake (2007–2010) near the city centre. 136,521 citizens were entitled to vote, 57,563 used that possibility and 56.9% refused their approbation for the project. As minimal vote 20% (of the total 136,521 voters) had to decide between one of the possibilities (20% for Yes or 20% for NO). The city council accepted the voting and stopped the plans. This procedure is planned for future projects in NRW. Also in Hamm established was the "Baugerichtstag e. V." a society organizing a congress about the German building law. The congress is held in a two years term.


The largest health facility is the Marien Hospital with its two separate buildings, Marien Hospital I the old building within the centre of the city and Marien Hospital II together 587 beds. Then there is the (EVK Hamm) Evangelisches Krankenhaus Hamm (Protestant Hospital) combined with the children's hospital south of the centre together 493 beds, the St. Barbara Klinik (Clinic) in Heessen with 422 beds and the Malteser Krankenhaus (Hospital) St. Josef in Bockum-Hövel with 260 beds. Additional there are the Klinik für manuelle Therapie (Clinic for manual therapy) within the quarter Bad Hamm (138 beds), the cure district. The Westfälisches Institut Hamm für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und psychotherapie (Westphalian Institute Hamm for Children's- and Youth psychiatry and psychotherapy) as an Institute of the federal state (158 beds) and the private Klinik (clinic) am Bärenbrunnen. (All Hospitals together have 2058 beds.) Former Hospitals are:


Hamm has six Gymnasien (grammar schools), two comprehensive schools and several Realschulen, Hauptschulen and Grundschulen (elementary schools). The oldest Gymnasium in Hamm is the Gymnasium Hammonense which was established as academic school (small university) with three faculties in 1657. The school declined in its importance and in 1781 merged with the local Latin school and got reformed by Prussia. The new combined school was humanist Gymnasium. In 1867 the "Märkisches Gymnasium" followed as the second Gymnasium of Hamm, in 1902 the "Freiherr vom Stein Gymnasium", in 1924 the "Beisenkamp Gymnasium" – first as "Oberlyceum" (Gymnasium for girls) – and in 1968 the "Galilei-Gymnasium" were established. Additionally in Schloss Heessen there is a private school including the Gymnasium. Both comprehensive schools in Hamm are younger foundations by the city during school reforms of NRW. Hamm is also well known for its many vocational schools:

In 2005 a small private university of applied sciences was established, the "SRH Fachhoschule Hamm". The private university of applied sciences started with two study programs ending with degrees of Bachelor and Master of Science for logistic engineering. The "Klinik für Psychatrie und Psychotherapie of the Marienhospital" cooperates with the University Witten-Herdecke in education and science. During the summer 2009 another university of applied sciences was founded by the federal state NRW, named Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt. The University is divided in two departments, each with its own small Campus area, one in Hamm and another in Lippstadt.

Industry and economy

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Schloss Heessen

Major industrial branches are the coal-mining industry, steel industry, chemical industry and the car component supplier industry. In the last century there were four coal-mines within the urban district. Today the Bergwerk Ost in Herringen is the last operating coal mine with about 3,000 employees. Mannesmann Hoesch Präzisrohr, Westfälische Draht Industrie (WDI) and Böhler Thyssen Welding are the major representatives of the steel industry, the chemical industry is represented by DuPont in Uentrop and the car supplier industry by Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. factory 4 in Bockum-Hövel with about 1000 employees. The energy industry is represented by a RWE coal power plant and a further power plant (Trianel) in Uentrop. A new coal power plant is currently under construction. The THTR-300, also in Uentrop-Schmehhausen, was decommissioned in 1989. Alongside the A2, in the southern part of the urban district, a new business park inhabits the growing logistics business. Hamm is also known as "City of Law" (Stadt des Rechts) because of the greatest German regional appeal court (Oberlandesgericht), the local court (Amtsgericht), the industrial court (Arbeitgericht) and the industrial appeal court (Landesarbeitsgericht). The Chamber of Notaries and bar association of the regional appeal court Hamm and the courts are of greater influence on the appearance of the city. Several hospitals in the urban district are also important employers, for example the EVK Hamm has about 1000 employees.


The only daily newspaper of Hamm printed there, is the "Westfälischer Anzeiger". At first, a weekly, newspaper in Hamm was the "Kreis Hammsches Wochenblatt" founded by Heinich Jakob Grote in 1822. Its name was changed in 1848 to "Westfälischer Anzeiger". A second newspaper appeared, founded by the Thiemann family, the "Westfälische Kurier". Both co-existed until the end of the Second World War. After the War both newspapers were combined and named "Westfälischer Anzeiger und Kurier". In the 1960s another name-change made the "Westfälischer Anzeiger". This newspaper is the mantle of several smaller regional newspapers, together they had a total 153,428 copies in 2004. In the 1970s the "Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung" unsuccessfully tried to establish its own daily newspaper. Two weekly newspapers appear in Hamm the "Stadtanzeiger" from the "Westfälischer Anzeiger" with a total of 384.000 copies and the Sonntags-Rundblick by a medium-sized local company. Since 1990 the local radio station "Radio Lippewelle Hamm" is On Air and number one radio station of the local radios in NRW. On 3 October 1993 the "Offener Kanal Hamm" started broadcasting, it is a small TV project by people for the people, started through the federal state.


The Waldbühne Hamm-Heessen is one of the most active open-air theatres in Germany. The Alfred Fischer Hall is a multi-purpose event location in Heessen in a former machinery hall built by Alfred Fischer in 1912. The Städtische Musikschule Hamm is one of the oldest music schools in Germany. Hamm also has several active choirs and a jazz club and has been the home of many bands.



Hamm is linked to three motorways. The Bundesautobahn 1 (BAB 1 or A1, Puttgarden-Saarbrücken) named Hansaline with two connections No.81 and 82., the (BAB 2 or A2, Oberhausen-Berlin) with three connections No.17,18 and 19 and the A445 (Hamm-Arnsberg) which is connected by the B63 until the planned construction between Hamm and Werl is completed. The Kamener Kreuz is situated in the southwest of Hamm. Two "federal roads" (Bundesstrassen) the B61 and B63 intersect in the city centre. Several state roads (Landesstrassen) are connecting Hamm with its neighbouring towns and municipalities.


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Hamm central station

Hamm has three stations, the main railway station Hamm (Westfalen) and two minor stations, one in Bockum-Hövel and the other one in Heessen. The main station is one of the biggest railway hubs in Germany, and connected with one of the largest marshalling yards in Europe, the latter now only partly operating. Notable is the railway station for its Art deco Gründerzeit inspired building styles. Hamm has been connected to the rail since 2 May 1847. Its huge railroad yard—Europe's biggest at the time [4] —was bombed repeatedly during World War II, [5] [6] as was the city itself (in December 1944 it was hit by eleven raids on one day). [4]


The city bus net Hamm is served by the "Stadtwerke Hamm", with 65 buses, and the "Verkehrsgesellschaft Breitenbach". A regional bus service is served by different companies and both nets serve the central bus station, which is situated in front of the main railway station in the centre of Hamm. Hamm is part of the Verkehrsgemeinschaft Ruhr-Lippe. About 12 million people are using the bus net every year, transported by 50 bus lines with 500 bus stops within the city.


Hamm is the end of the "Datteln-Hamm-Kanal", three ports are situated in the urban district. The city port, the canal end port Uentrop, and the port of "Gersteinwerk". The ports of Hamm are the second biggest canal port by freight transact, 1.4 million tons a year by ships and 0.5 million tons by train. The city port allows for ships up to 110 metres length 11.45 meters width and 2.7 metres draft. It is linked with the railway by a track to the near main railway station and the marshaling yard.

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Airfield and Airports

Near city centre, in the meadows of the River Lippe, the sport airfield Hamm is situated. Its runway is 900 m long and 30 m wide. The airfield is operated by the Luftsportclub Hamm e. V.. Hamm is situated in the middle of a triangle of three smaller International Airports, in the north the Münster Osnabrück International Airport (FMO) in the south-west Dortmund Airport and in the east Paderborn Lippstadt Airport. The nearest large International Airport is Düsseldorf Airport.

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Hamm light airfield

Notable people


The city of Hamm has made since 1945 the following people freemen:

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