Across East Central Scotland, the picture of vibrancy is extremely mixed.
The region is home to the top performer nationally, Edinburgh. The city’s performance is driven by strengths in prosperity (where it ranks two overall), dynamism and opportunity (one), resilience and sustainability (six) and community, trust and belonging (four). However, like many cities across the UK, Edinburgh faces notable challenges in relation to inclusion and equality and health, wellbeing and happiness.
Map 1 - How East Central Scotland perform against the Vibrant Economy Index
Outside Edinburgh, Perth & Kinross is the next strongest performer, ranking three overall. The area’s strengths lie in resilience and sustainability (five) and community, trust and belonging (five). On all other baskets its performance is consistently above the national average.
Alongside these high-performing areas, the other standout feature in this region is in dynamism and opportunity. All bar two of the areas rank above the national average and a clear corridor is developing around the Lothian sub-region. All four areas here rank in the top ten nationally: Edinburgh (one), East Lothian (three), Midlothian (five) and West Lothian (seven).
Two areas rank below the national average with Clackmannanshire the most notable of these, ranking significantly below average on all baskets except community, trust and belonging.