City factsheet


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

Plymouth map

This factsheet shows how Plymouth compares against the five most similar European cities on size and industrial structure. These are: Tours (France), Rouen (France), Szczecin (Poland), Clermont-Ferrand (France), Bochum (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 Plymouth to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.

City group characteristics

Plymouth is a medium-sized city with an equal sized public services 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

Plymouth ranks in the bottom half of its group across many of the indicators. However, it has a high employment rate.

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

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