Birmingham has been ranked as having the highest quality of life of any UK city outside of the capital. The city retained its No.1 spot in the global Mercer Quality of Living Report 2015 for a fourth year running.
Nearest UK rivals this year were Glasgow (55th), Aberdeen (57th), and Belfast (63rd). Birmingham came in jointly with Rome in 52nd place out of 230 cities ranked. Birmingham is ahead of international hotspots such as Hong Kong, Miami and Dubai.
Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “With everything from shopping to culture, international sporting events to Michelin-starred restaurants on our doorstep, it’s little wonder that this report has confirmed Birmingham’s position as an outstanding place to live.”
This year Birmingham hosts major events including the Rugby World Cup and the Ashes, while the Grand Central development at New Street is well under way.
Figures were also recently released showing that Birmingham’s festive offering attracted record footfall and consumer spend in 2014 – with 5.5m visitors spending an all-time high of £397m across the city.
ONS figures have also revealed that the city was the leading choice for young professionals leaving the capital. More than 5,450 thirty-somethings moved to Birmingham in 2013.
Birmingham is to showcase at international real estate event MIPIM later this month in Cannes, in its campaign to attract the interest of global investors.
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