Thinking of moving to Edinburgh? Whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here is what Edinburgh has to offer.
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- Edinburgh of course is the capital of Scotland, so provides a major focal point for both native residents and incomers alike
- The latest census figures show that 19.5% of the city’s population is in their 20s and 15.2% in their 30s – the highest proportion of this age group in Scotland
- Add to that the increasingly diverse ethnic origins of the city’s population – the proportion of those born in Scotland to those born elsewhere fell from 78% in the previous census to 70% in the most recent.
- Edinburgh has the strongest economy in the UK outside of London and is the most competitive in the whole of Great Britain
- Where the Scottish average for unemployment is around 4.5% of the working population, Edinburgh’s is a relatively modest 3.6% – thanks mainly to the jobs in financial services, higher education, scientific research, and tourism
- Edinburgh remains the second most important financial centre after London and the fourth biggest in Europe as a whole.
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- Edinburgh Airport is served by more than 100 direct flights from 40 or more airlines
- Once you get to the stations at Waverley or Haymarket, you have access to all the services provided by ScotRail, First TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, Virgin Trains West Coast and CrossCountry
- Edinburgh is also a motorway network hub, linking most places in Scotland, from Inverness to Aberdeen, whilst Birmingham, Manchester and York are all about a four-hour’s drive away.
- The University of Edinburgh is a major academic institution with a current student roll of more than 33,500,
- There is also the prestigious Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University within the city
- There are 20 secondary schools and academies in Edinburgh.
- There is an abundance of green and open space within the city
- Many sites are well known – Princes Gardens, for example, or Arthur’s Seat
- But there are also many other hidden gems.
Finally, did you know that ….
- You might know that the city is familiarly called “auld reekie” – not because of its smells, but because of the smoke from the city’s coal and wood fires
- In the 17th century, residents of the city seemed to believe that a cure for baldness was to rub doves’ droppings into your scalp
- Edinburgh has more buildings listed for their historical or architectural interest than anywhere else in the world.