This factsheet compares Leeds to the five most similar European cities by size and industrial structure. These are: Essen (Germany), Düsseldorf (Germany), Dortmund (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Leipzig (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 Leeds to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.
Leeds is in a group of large cities characterised by a relatively large business services sector and slightly smaller public services sector.
Leeds performs well on jobs and GVA particularly compared to all European cities. All of this group features in the top 100 on these measures. However against the group Leeds does less well on patents, and has a low business stock, despite its job numbers.
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