City factsheet


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

Exeter map

This factsheet compares Exeter to the five most similar European cities by size and industrial structure. These are: Odense (Denmark), Oldenburg (Germany), Haarlem (Netherlands), Pau (France), Aalborg (Denmark).

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

City group characteristics

Exeter is part of a group of small cities with a slightly larger public sector than many UK cities and a relatively large business and private services sector.


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

Exeter ranks well against its group on employment and has a fairly high skilled population, but it performs relatively poorly on many other indicators against its comparator cities. It does however have one of the lowest unemployment rates in all European cities analysed.

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

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