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We are dedicated to improving the economies of the UK's largest cities and towns

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Cost of living crisis

Explore Centre for Cities' debut research and analysis into the UK's cost of living crisis and how it is playing out across the UK.

Cost of living tracker

The UK is in the grip of a cost of living crisis, and there is a clear North-South divide in how it is playing out across the country. Explore the latest data for your city or large town.

Data 15 Sep 2022

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.

So you want to level up?

Paul Swinney

In advance of the Government’s forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper, this briefing sets out what the levelling up agenda should aim to achieve and a strategy for achieving it.

Briefing 17 Jun 2021

The future of TfL

A short blog series examining different Mass Transit System funding models from around the globe.

Urban transport

Urban public transport networks in Britain not only vary between cities, but also differ when compared to their European counterparts. Comparisons of this nature offer multiple lessons for how to improve the networks and infrastructure of big UK cities.

Cities Outlook 2022

Towns

As part of our ongoing work into levelling up, we've produced a four-part blog series and accompanying City Minutes episodes which explore the nature of the cities versus towns debate and identify what needs to happen to bring greater prosperity to struggling towns.

Coronavirus

Building back better: How to recover from Covid-19

Kathrin Enenkel and Tom Sells

This report examines the pattern of private sector growth within the UK’s seven-year jobs miracle to inform how new jobs can be created as the Government looks to ‘build back better’ and level up the country.

Report 22 Mar 2021

Get the latest data for your city

Want to know how your city fares on key indicators like population, start-ups and housing?

Go to the city-by-city page

Latest podcasts

Did you miss?

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

Partner with us

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.

Find out how to partner with us