A new study commissioned by Royal Mail has named Edinburgh as the UK's most attractive city to live and work in.
The Scottish capital was given the title thanks to its performance across education, job opportunities, business community, earnings and access to green space (forming 28% of the city).
Earnings in Edinburgh are second only to London and the city also has the second highest number of start-ups, whilst office space costs are about half that of London. Edinburgh's employment rate is strong at 70.8% and access to education takes first place.
Edinburgh Council Leader, Adam McVey, said: "It is welcome news that Edinburgh is yet again receiving recognition as the UK's top city to live and work in. The facts demonstrating the city's attributes are plentiful and our own statistics in Edinburgh by Numbers show that Edinburgh is a vibrant capital city with a diverse economy, an increasing population with strong investment potential."
Mallzee CEO and founder, Cally Russell, said: "Edinburgh is a fantastic city to live and work in. The city is home to many successful businesses and has strong transport links connecting residents to the rest of the UK. Edinburgh combines the benefits of a metropolitan city with easy access to the outdoors and beautiful Scottish scenery. A big part of the growing appeal of Edinburgh is the thriving start-up scene and the community being built around this sector. "
London achieves strong scores on earnings (average £697 per week) and employment levels (73.7%). It also has good access to education and strong levels of business activity compared with other locations, whilst housing affordability and office costs are the highest in the UK.
Newcastle and Gateshead rank top for cultural services, with 10.7 theatres and 68.6 libraries per million people. Housing and office space are also affordable with the average home costing 5.4 times the average annual income, the third cheapest of the twelve cities surveyed.
Cardiff performs well in terms of business community with 50.4 start-ups per 10,000 people and 16.8 patent applications per 100,000 people. The Welsh capital is also strong on access to education, earnings, and affordability of office space.
Royal Mail spokesperson, David Gold, said: "This new research from Royal Mail shows there is hot competition among the UK's leading cities to be the most attractive location for people to live and work in. Edinburgh has the edge on other economically significant UK cities. Bristol also performs well in categories including job opportunities, healthcare, business community and culture."
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