City inhabitants nearly three times more productive than UK average

City residents account for nearly three times the GDP output per person than the UK average, according to a new study by trade union GMB (release).

The study measures GDP using the purchasing power standard (PPS) per individual, which is intended to eliminate differences in purchasing power between regions and countries.

By this measure, GDP per person for people living in inner London is 2.92 times the UK average and 3.28 times that of the 27 countries in the EU.

People living in the UK generally have a greater GDP per person than those in other EU members, with the average citizen having a 13 per cent greater output than the average person living in the EU27.

The regions in the UK with the greatest GDP per inhabitant after inner London are North Eastern Scotland (1.44 times the UK average, 1.62 times the EU27 average) and Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire (1.27 times the UK average, 1.27 times EU27).

The region with the lowest GDP per inhabitant, by comparison, is West Wales and the Valleys (0.63 times UK average and 0.7 times EU27), followed by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (0.64 times UK average).

Regional GDP - 2010 figures

PPS per inhabitantPPS per inhabitant (% of EU27 average)PPS per inhabitant (% of UK average)
UK27,500113100
EU 2724,50010089
Top five in UK
Inner London80300328292
North Eastern Scotland39,500162144
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire34,900143127
Cheshire28,800118105
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area28,200115103
Bottom five in UK
West Wales and The Valleys17,2007063
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly17,6007264
Tees Valley and Durham18,9007769
Lincolnshire19,1007869
Merseyside19,8008172

Source: GMB

Note: Inner London boroughs are: Camden, City of London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Westminster, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets.