Preston retains best city to live and work in North West title

Posted on - 21st March, 2022 - 4:19pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston Council, Preston News, Proud Preston
The skyline of Preston Pic: Mick Gardner
The skyline of Preston Pic: Mick Gardner

A levelling up growth index has named Preston the highest performing city in the North West.


The Demos-PWC Good Growth for Cities Index has recognised Preston as the best city to live and work in the North West after it landed the highest performing city accolade for the third time.

It scored above average across various categories the public think are most important when it comes to economic wellbeing, including the availability of jobs, a positive work-life balance, the skills of the population and the variety of roles on offer.

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Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council, said: “I am delighted that Preston has maintained its position.

“This report also shows that our city has pulled together to endure the pandemic and gives me great optimism that we will be in a strong position to recover and grow.

“The success links closely to the significant improvement on our local economy we continuously strive for through the Preston Model and our Community Wealth Building Agenda.”

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Preston ranked 13th overall in the index, which measures the performance of 51 UK cities against categories that include jobs, income, work-life balance, transport, skills, environment and the house price to earnings ratio.

Councillor Matthew Brown said: “The success underpins our support for the economic and social wellbeing of all Prestonians by building a richer and more democratic economy.

“I am particularly pleased to see above-average improvements in income inequality, jobs, environment, work-life balance and housing affordability.

“Our city has enjoyed a remarkable story of growth and innovation over recent years, which we’re sure will continue as we recover from this pandemic.”

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To read the full report, visit – Good Growth for Cities: Taking action on levelling up (

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