In North East Scotland, Aberdeen is the standout performer, ranking two overall, with particular strengths in prosperity (where it is the highest ranked area nationally), dynamism and opportunity (two) and inclusion and equality (three).
The fact that the area is both economically strong and particularly inclusive bucks the trend seen across most cities in the UK where strong economic performance does not align with an inclusive and equal society. Where Aberdeen does face challenges however is in relation to health, wellbeing and happiness, where it ranks well below the national average.
Map 1 - How North East Scotland perform against the Vibrant Economy Index
Across the rest of the region, the picture is mixed. Aberdeenshire ranks four overall and, with a prosperous and inclusive economy, shares some similar traits with Aberdeen. However, it performs above average on health, wellbeing and happiness and around average in terms of dynamism and opportunity.
Angus and Dundee are more challenged, ranking below average overall. Dundee performs strongly in terms of dynamism and opportunity, but this doesn’t yet translate into strengths around economic prosperity. There are particular challenges in relation to inclusion and equality and health, wellbeing and happiness. Angus performs above average on the social measures, but faces challenges on the economic measures.
All areas in this region rank at or below the national average for community, trust and belonging.