City by city

Our core aim is to improve city economies and we can only do that by getting to know the city economies as they are now. Go to your city or combined authority to get the data and latest reports about your area.

How we define a city

Our research looks at the UK’s 63 largest cities. There are many ways of defining a city, but as an economics think tank, our focus is on identifying where economic activity takes place in urban areas.

The best way for us to do this is through Primary Urban Areas (PUAs), which measure the built-up space of different places across the country – giving a clear and comparable picture of where economic activity is concentrated. You can read more about our recent review of this definition in our methodology note.

To get all the latest data on your city, use the map or list below. And you can also find data by mayoral combined authority area.

City partnerships

The Centre partners with a small number of cities each year, undertaking bespoke research on a specific question agreed with the Partner City. Click the button below to find out more.

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