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Currently, 22@Barcelona has 83,640 business premises, according to the city register, 42.5% more than in 2002, when there were 58,690. This increase is well above the city average. Additionally, 42% of the floor space is occupied by premises used for economic or service activities, more than the 33% for the city as a whole.

The latest available census of the 22@Barcelona area shows 7,064 companies and 4,400 freelance workers. The number of companies has grown 105.5% since 2000, where there were 3,437 businesses. This increase is well above that of the province of Barcelona (57.3%) and that of Catalonia (60%)

An estimated 4,500 new companies have moved to the district since 2000, an average of 545 per year and 1.2 per day, although the most prolific era was from 2003 to 2006. Of the 4,500 companies, 47.3% are new start-ups. The rest have moved from other locations.

Finally, 27% of companies in 22@ are knowledge-intensive and three out of ten companies created after 2000 are knowledge- or technology-intensive (31%).

The estimated number of workers in the district is 90,000 (not counting freelance workers), 62.5% more than in 2000 for a total increase of 56,200 workers. Additionally, the global business turnover, not only of companies that carry out @ activities, totals some 8,900 million euros per year.

Since 2001, the resident population in 22@Barcelona has grown 22.8%, from 73,464 inhabitants to 90,214 (16,750 more people). This increase is 15% higher than the average for the city of Barcelona, which experienced a growth of 8% between 2001 and 2009. The average growth for the metropolitan area in this time period was 13.7% and for Catalonia, 17.9%.

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