Quality of Life

That Is

Second to None

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Edinburgh. A City that is


This is a city of movers, makers and shakers. The finance, creative and tech sectors are thriving. Edinburgh’s population is highly educated and productive, enjoying a quality of life that is second to none.


  • The UK's largest financial services centre after London
  • A major European centre for asset management and asset servicing
  • £500 billion assets under management
  • Over 30 banks operating in the city


  • A leading global learning centre supported by 4 universities
  • The University of Edinburgh ranks 5th in UK and in the top 1% globally


  • Around half the workforce employed in knowledge intensive jobs including computing, communications, scientific research and the creative industries
  • Europe’s most attractive destination for technology businesses


  • Recognised internationally for its artistic, creative and cultural excellence
  • The world's first UNESCO City of Literature and home to the largest arts festival in the world


  • One of the most educated, productive and economically active workforces in the UK
  • 63.9% of working age population educated to degree level or above (2017)
  • Nearly half (42%) of all graduates from the city’s universities stay and work in Edinburgh

Quality of Life

  • #1 in the world for quality of life – Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index (2018)
  • 3rd most sustainable city on Earth – Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index (2018)
  • 'The UK's most attractive city to live and work' – Royal Mail (2018)