This factsheet shows how Bristol compares to the five most similar European cities in size and industrial structure. These are: Rotterdam (Netherlands) Essen (Germany) Düsseldorf (Germany) Dortmund (Germany) Dresden (Germany).
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 Bristol to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.
This group of large cities has a relatively small manufacturing base but a large business services base. The public sector is also slightly smaller than seen in many UK cities.
Bristol is an average performer within its group. However in many cases it ranks within the top 100 of all the European cities studied. It has a particularly highly skilled population relative to its group, and performs well on jobs and GVA too.
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