How is the Birmingham economy performing, and what are the key policy issues facing the city?
This factsheet shows how Birmingham compares to the five most similar European cities in size and industrial structure. These are: Lyon (France), Lille (France), Budapest (Hungary), Athens (Greece)
and Marseille (France).
Comparing cities in this way helps us to understand more about how well UK cities are competing on an international scale because it groups cities with similar industrial structures, rather than on their resulting economic performance. The factsheet also compares the relative strengths and weaknesses of Birmingham to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.
Birmingham is part of a group of large cities with a fairly even spread of industrial sectors.
In its group, Birmingham has a comparable GVA to its size, but its GVA per worker (a measure of productivity) is relatively low, and is ranked 263 out of the full 330 cities. It also has a relatively low-skilled population.
This option generates a factsheet of all the available data for one UK city and the five most similar cities based on population size and industrial structure. From here you can explore the rest of the tool to create charts and tables based on the city selection.
This option will take you to the main data tool and allows you to create bar charts, scatter plots and tables for the full dataset of 330 European cities, or any selection of cities you choose.Go to the European Cities Data Tool