City factsheet


How is the Blackpool economy performing, and what are the key policy issues facing the city?

Blackpool map

This factsheet shows how Blackpool compares to the five most similar European cities in terms of size and industrial structure. These are: Pécs (Hungary), Le Havre (France), Szeged (Hungary) , Hamm (Germany) and Debrecen (Hungary)

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 Blackpool to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.

City group characteristics

Blackpool sits within a group of small cities with a relatively large private services base, but a smaller business services base.


Industrial structure


  • Manufacturing, mining and utilities 2011
  • Business services 2011
  • Public services 2011
  • Other private services 2011
  • Other sectors 2011

Industrial Structure chart

Overall economic performance

Within its group, Blackpool performs well for jobs and employment, however it is ranked in the middle for both GVA and GVA per worker. It is also a relatively lower skilled city ranking highest in the group for low skilled population and at number 76 overall, in contrast to Szeged, at 307 of 328 with a much smaller proportion of low skilled people.

Note: For more about this data please see the indicator index.

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