This factsheet shows how Ipswich compares to the five most similar European cities by size and industrial structure. These are: Avignon (France), León (Spain), Val d’Orge (France), Le Mans (France), and Reims (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 Ipswich to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.
Ipswich is a small city with a relatively small manufacturing sector, and with a similar sized public and business services sector.
Ipswich has a high employment rate both compared to its group, and compared to European cities as a whole. However, it has a relatively low skilled population, with the lowest proportion of high skills in the group, and the highest proportion of low skills.
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