The Capital has been ranked the third best city in the UK to live and work in by the 2013 Good Growth for Cities index.
The index, which is compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers, put Edinburgh ahead of Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Belfast and Cardiff, only beaten by Aberdeen and Reading and Bracknell, which came first.
The report measures the performance of 39 of the UK’s largest cities against 11 categories defined by the public and business as key to economic success and personal and family wellbeing, such as jobs, health, income, skills, work-life balance, house-prices, travel-to-work times and pollution.
City council economy leader Frank Ross called the ranking “more great news for the city”. He said: “Edinburgh is the most prosperous UK city outside London, according to the Office for National Statistics. It is very encouraging to see PWC have concluded that this growth is also balanced and sustainable.”
It is the second year running that Scotland has out- performed all other regions.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “As Cities Minister, I am delighted that our cities have such a strong showing in this report, taking two of the top three positions and performing well in key measures including work life balance, travel to work times and housing affordability.”