City factsheet


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

Stoke map

This factsheet compares Stoke to the five most similar European cities in size and industrial structure. These are: Mulhouse (France) Bochum (Germany) Szczecin (Poland) Thessaloniki (Greece) Bielefeld (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 Stoke to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.

City group characteristics

Stoke has a relative large private services sector and public services sector, with slightly smaller manufacturing and business services sectors.


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

Stoke tends to rank in the middle of the group in many of the indicators, performing well on employment rate. But it also has a relatively high proportion of low skilled people relative to the group.

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