This factsheet compares Luton to its five most similar European cities in size and industrial structure. These are: Osnabrück (Germany), Almere (Netherlands), Europ’ Essonne (Massy) (France), Lübeck (Germany), Chemnitz (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 Luton to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.
Luton is a small city and is part of a group with a relatively large private services sector and a similarly sized business and public sector.
Luton comes relatively high in its group (third) on productivity (GVA per worker), but tends to rank at the bottom on many other indicators, including patents and employment.
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