City factsheet


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

Peterborough map

This factsheet compares Peterborough to the five most similar cities by size and industrial structure. These are: Osnabrück (Germany), Europ’ Essonne (Massy) (France), Almere (Netherlands), Lübeck (Germany) Lucerne (Switzerland)

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

City group characteristics

Peterborough has a relatively large private services and business services sector, and a slightly smaller public 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

Peterborough tends to rank in the bottom half of its group across the indicators. However against the rest of Europe it has a high employment rate at 97 out of 330 cities.

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

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