The Centre’s research focuses on the UK’s 63 largest cities and towns, defined as primary urban areas (PUAs). Use the right hand menu to find the latest economic data for each of these towns and cities. You can also explore all the data, create maps, bar charts, scatter plots and tables using the interactive city by city data tool.
Unless otherwise stated, Centre for Cities uses data for Primary Urban Areas (PUA) in its analysis. This is a measure of the “built-up” area of a city, rather than individual local authority districts. PUAs are used in our analysis because they provide a consistent measure to compare concentrations of economic activity across the UK. This makes PUAs distinct from city region or combined authority geographies.
Since 25 January 2016, Centre for Cities has been using a new Primary Urban Area (PUA) definition, following a review undertaken with CURDS, University of Newcastle. You can read the methodological note here.
Combined authorities and metro mayor areas
To find data and information about current, agreed Combined Authority areas soon to elect a metro mayor, you can use the links in the right hand menu toward the bottom of the page.
The Centre partners with a small number of cities each year, undertaking bespoke research on a specific question agreed with the Partner City. Contact Naomi Clayton for more information.