A Knowledge Economy

Edinburgh has one of the fastest growing, most highly qualified and productive populations in the UK.

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World-leading research

People from all over the world are drawn to Edinburgh by the wealth of career and cultural opportunities. World-leading research in fields as diverse as life sciences, data science, cyber security, blockchain and robotics have helped position Edinburgh as a global learning centre, supported by four universities that support a thriving student population.

The city has grown by 12.2% over the past 10 years, with greatest growth coming from the city’s working age population. By 2021, it is predicted that 68.5% of the population will be of working age. 

Today’s data driven agenda is shaping a forward-looking, outward-facing, ambitious city capable of building on its acknowledged key sector strengths.  

The University of Edinburgh's world-class School of Informatics is highly regarded for the calibre of its research, making it an attractive partner...

Charles Hoskinson, chief executive and co-founder , IOHK

Edinburgh by Numbers

To discover more, see Edinburgh by Numbers 2017, an annual economic overview of the city produced for investors, entrepreneurs and anyone else with an interest in the city. Here are some of the highlights:

  • In 2016, Edinburgh’s population had surpassed half a million people for the first time (estimated at 507,000).
  • The city has the second highest Gross Value Added (GVA) per resident among major UK cities, with the average being £37,000 per resident (2015).
  • Employment rates stood at 72.8% in 2016/17, compared to a UK average of 68.1% among major cities.
  • Edinburgh has the UK’s 3rd highest new business survival rate.
  • In 2016, Edinburgh was second only to London in median gross annual earnings per resident, at £29,456 and had the highest average gross disposable income per resident among major UK cities.

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