Edinburgh

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Quality of life in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is truly steeped in history—even its New Town was built in the 18th century. It also boasts breathtaking views of a hilly scenery and proximity to nature. With a population of 465 thousand people, walkable distances and amazing public transport, you are more likely to stumble upon your friends than in any other capital. Despite its small size, Edinburgh is still the second largest financial center in the UK after London.

Edinburgh is one of the top ten city matches for 4.5% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
181/263
Details
Large apartment$1683.21
Medium apartment$1383.60
Rent index [score]0.69
Small apartment$1084.00

Cost of Living

5
168/261
Details
5km taxi ride$11.00
A Cappuccino$3.60
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$0.77
Inflation [score]0.48
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$42.00
Monthly public transport$68.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$79.67

Startups

4
136/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co12
Meetups [score]0.23
Meetups groups48
Meetups members12052
Number of investors26
Number of startup events in the last 12 months483
Number of upcoming meetup events24
Startup climate scene [score]0.49
Startup events35
Startup events71
Startup events [score]0.59
Startups [score]0.55
Total number of startups150

Venture Capital

4
95/227
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Venture capital [score]0.43

Travel Connectivity

5
59/260
Details
Airport hub117
Airport hub [score]0.42
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.63

Commute

6
18/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.91

Business Freedom

9
35/259
Details
Business freedom86.00
Business freedom [score]0.89
Freedom from corruption78.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.84
Lack of labor restrictions71.80
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.66
Time to open a business4.50
Time to open a business [score]0.96

Safety

9
34/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.81
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents7
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.98

Healthcare

9
18/260
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Healthcare expenditure [score]0.83
Healthcare quality [score]0.89
Life expectancy (years)81.22
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

6
29/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Edinburgh
Best university ranking27
Country mean scores in PISA math test494.15
Country mean scores in PISA reading test499.32
Country mean scores in PISA science test514.13
PISA math ranking (high school)22
PISA ranking17
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.86
PISA reading (high school)19
PISA science (high school)16
Percent of happy students0.82
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.22
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.12
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.41

Environmental Quality

8
46/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.95
Cleanliness [score]0.69
Drinking water quality [score]0.87
Urban greenery [score]0.83

Economy

5
117/258
Details
Currency for urban areaGBP
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.45
GDP per capita$39510.94
GDP per capita [score]0.63

Taxation

6
71/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.78
Income tax level [score]0.40
Profit tax (% of profit)0.31
Time overhead to file company taxes110

Internet Access

6
65/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)41.22
Internet access (download) [score]0.70
Internet access (upload) [score]0.58
Upload speed (Mbps)14.20

Leisure & Culture

7
62/263
Details
Art galleries102
Art galleries [score]0.69
Cinemas24
Cinemas [score]0.46
Comedy clubs45
Comedy clubs [score]0.81
Concert venues73
Concerts [score]0.56
Historical sites68
Historical sites [score]0.77
Museums56
Museums [score]0.67
Performing art venues80
Performing arts [score]0.60
Sport venues16
Sports [score]0.46
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.77

Tolerance

6
114/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.76
LGBT Equality Index86.67
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.89
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.41

Outdoors

5
102/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.17
Median peak in meters246.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)65.00
Water access [score]0.86
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Edinburgh are in the 168th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,678$1,689
$1683
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$42
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$28
Monthly public transport$68
Lunch$14
-25%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Edinburgh are below average. For this job type, Edinburgh ranks 150th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Edinburgh.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$37,338
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

6.60
Guns per 100 people
0.23
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Edinburgh in position 53 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

227.8

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Edinburgh

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On living in Edinburgh

Edinburgh (Gaelic: Dùn Èideann) is the capital of Scotland located in the Central Belt region of the country. With a population of approximately 450,000 (1 million in the city region), "Auld Reekie" (Edinburgh) manages to combine both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere. Watched over by the imposing Edinburgh castle, the symbol of the city, Edinburgh combines medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and a powerful layer of modern life with contemporary avant-garde. In Edinburgh, medieval palaces, evident throughout the New Town which is painted with Gothic churches and fascinating historical buildings, rub shoulders with the best of modern architecture, such as the Houses of Scottish Parliament, found in Hollyrood, and the recently renovated National Museum of Scotland. Scotland's throbbing night-life centre, Edinburgh, "the Athens of the North", is also a feast for the mind and the senses, playing host to great restaurants, shops, friendly pubs, wild and mild clubs, and an unrivalled programme of city festivals throughout the year. Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year, kicks off the festivities, which culminate in the high summer with the Tattoo, the International and the famous 'Fringe' festival, among many others.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1995. In 2004, Edinburgh became the first member of the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative when it was designated a City of Literature.

In a 2009 poll by YouGov, Edinburgh was voted the most desirable city to live in the UK.

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