The Herford area with about 250,000 inhabitants is a coherent economic area and is part of the tourist area „Teutoburger Wald“. The region Herford belongs to the districts of Germany with the closest population. The international main traffic routes of Berlin, Hannover in the direction of Rhine Ruhr and to the Netherlands run through it; on the one hand by the highways A2, A30 and A33, on the other hand by the main axis of the German railways. 4 airports are to be reached within one hour journey time (Hannover, Dortmund, Paderborn, Osnabrück).
The economy is stamped by very strong middle class companies with the main focuses kitchen-furniture (the biggest compression of furniture of producing trade word wide; 4 of the 5 biggest kitchen manufacturers of Europe are in Herford), mechanical engineering, food and textiles (3 of the 5 biggest men`s fashion manufacturers of Europe are in Herford). The Herford region lies in the centre of OWL (Ostwestfalen/Lippe). OWL is of one of the 5 strongest German economic regions with about 140,000 enterprises (among others companies like Schüco, Oetker, Melitta, Edeka, Bertelsmann, Nobilia, Claas, Brax and many more), 1 million employees and a gross domestic product of more than 70 billion Euro per year. OWL also belongs to the leading technology locations in Europe.