AACT - Austrian Association of Cities and Towns
The Austrian Association of Cities and Towns represents 246 members, including all towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants. The smallest city member accounts for 1,000 inhabitants.
More than 50% of the Austrian population lives in urban areas, 44.5% live in cities with 10.000 and more inhabitants. Cities and Towns contribute significantly to the prosperity of regions and their people. They are places of social and cultural diversity and provide innovative strength beyond country borders.
Cities and towns provide infrastructure and public transport facilities, assist the business world and create jobs. Moreover, they support art, culture and sports and safeguard a healthy local environment. They grant a high quality of life and basic social care.
With today’s increasing complexity, cities and towns are strongly stipulated to make political decisions concerning the economy, security, public transport, education, culture and social stability. Austrian cities are becoming more and more attractive – the highest rates of growth will be registered in Vienna, Linz, Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Bregenz, Dornbirn, Hohenems and Feldkirch. Moving to cities and towns is known as an international trend as half of the world's population lives in cities. In future Austrian cities will play a prominent role - for this reason they need a common representation.