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Cities Outlook 2024

As well as providing a deep dive into the latest economic data on the UK’s cities and largest towns, Cities Outlook 2024 looks back at how cities have fared since 2010.

The UK's housing crisis

Centre for Cities' latest piece of work on housing delves deep into the history of the UK's housing crisis and finds that the UK has a backlog of 4.3 million missing homes.

The UK's productivity puzzle

London's productivity growth has stalled since 2007, explaining a large part of the UK's 'productivity puzzle' and leaving it trailing behind its global peers.

Upcoming events

Metro mayors

On 2nd May 2024, voting will take place for 10 metro mayors across England – London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, South Yorkshire, Tees Valley, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, North East, East Midlands and York and North Yorkshire.

Net zero

The UK has pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Centre for Cities research shows that our cities and largest towns will have a big role to play in meeting this target.

Levelling up

Centre for Cities advocates that levelling up should improve standards of living across the country and help every place to reach its productivity potential, with a focus on improving the performance of the UK’s biggest cities as a means to address regional inequalities.

Latest podcasts

Detroit has recovered from bankruptcy since 2013
City Talks: Detroit’s recovery from bankruptcy

Chief Executive Andrew Carter is joined by James L. Tatum III, Director of Detroit Bureau at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, for a discussion about Detroit, a place which suffered the...

Podcast 10 Jun 2024

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Browse our annual flagship reports.

Cities Outlook 2020

Kathrin Enenkel, Valentine Quinio and Paul Swinney

Poor air quality impacts on the health of residents and workers in cities in particular. Cities Outlook 2020 calls for urgent action from local and national government to clean up the air we breathe.

Report 27 Jan 2020

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We actively look to partner with like-minded businesses, universities and funders to help us realise our ambition to improve the economic performance of the UK's largest cities and towns.

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