Edinburgh: New statistics reveal detailed picture of the ever-changing city and how it compares across the UK

Here’s the low-down on Edinburgh’s population, its economy, environment, weather and visitors

How much has Edinburgh’s population increased? How does our life expectancy compare with other places? Is tourism recovering? How do we rate on recycling? The answers to these and many other questions are contained in the latest edition of Edinburgh by Numbers.

The city council publication, now in its 16th year, provides a fascinating insight into the ever-changing city. The statistical overview looks at the Capital’s population, its economy and its environment, as well as how people live and work and those who are visiting the city. It also compares Edinburgh against the other big cities in Scotland – Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee – and the top eight largest UK cities outside London – Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Bradford.

City council leader Cammy Day said Edinburgh was often cited as “one of the most incredible places to live” and he highlighted evidence of people living well and living longer compared to similar cities. But he said there was also a flip side. “Our population has risen faster over the last decade than other cities, leading to an aging population, increased demand for homes and some of the most expensive rents in Europe. Wages are higher than average, but so too are costs and many residents continue to struggle with the cost of living crisis.

“For the council, government and all city partners, it’s important that we act on the findings of Edinburgh by Numbers and address these challenges. Future generations should be able to reap the benefits of ‘the best city in the world’ too. This involves planning for the future in line with our 2050 City Vision and projects like the tram extension, Granton’s regeneration and more affordable housebuilding will be key to a more sustainable city, alongside our ambitious net zero carbon by 2030 goal.”