Edinburgh

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 4.6% of Teleport users.

Map
Sign up to see your personalized city data, salary and cost of living comparisons.

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
191/265
Details
Large apartment$2100.00
Medium apartment$1600.00
Rent index [score]0.69
Small apartment$1000.00

Cost of Living

5
161/250
Details
5km taxi ride$9.80
A Cappuccino$3.10
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$0.76
Inflation [score]0.49
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$42.00
Monthly public transport$72.00
Movie ticket$13.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$78.40

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]0.31
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co12
Meetups [score]0.26
Meetups groups59
Meetups members14403
Number of investors26
Number of startup events in the last 12 months497
Number of upcoming meetup events35
Startup climate scene [score]0.49
Startup events75
Startup events [score]0.67
Startups [score]0.55
Total number of startups143

Venture Capital

4
92/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.43

Travel Connectivity

5
58/265
Details
Airport hub117
Airport hub [score]0.42
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.64

Commute

6
15/251
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.87

Business Freedom

9
35/263
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
43/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.77
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
25/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.83
Healthcare quality [score]0.87
Life expectancy (years)81.22
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

6
32/239
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)21
PISA ranking17
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.81
PISA reading (high school)15
PISA science (high school)13
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

9
34/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.93
Cleanliness [score]0.62
Drinking water quality [score]0.97
Urban greenery [score]0.90

Economy

5
118/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.81
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
73/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.78
Income tax level [score]0.38
Profit tax (% of profit)0.31
Time overhead to file company taxes110
VAT (Sales Tax)0.20

Internet Access

6
87/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)53.25
Internet access (download) [score]0.79
Internet access (upload) [score]0.46
Upload speed (Mbps)10.05

Leisure & Culture

7
61/264
Details
Art galleries103
Art galleries [score]0.69
Cinemas24
Cinemas [score]0.46
Comedy clubs45
Comedy clubs [score]0.80
Concert venues74
Concerts [score]0.56
Historical sites67
Historical sites [score]0.77
Museums57
Museums [score]0.67
Performing art venues82
Performing arts [score]0.59
Sport venues16
Sports [score]0.46
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.78

Tolerance

8
61/265
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]0.75

Outdoors

5
101/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
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
Sign up to get a free city match score based on your personal preferences
Sign up for a free Teleport account to personalize city data.
Budget your housing and living costs, salaries and jobs.
Get started

Costs of living

Costs of living in Edinburgh are in the 161st place of all 250 Teleport cities and the third most expensive in United Kingdom. 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)

$850$1,200
$1000
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$42
Movie ticket$13
Broadband internet connection$28
Monthly public transport$72
Lunch$14
-27%
compared to
San Francisco
See more prices and detailed cost of living data in Edinburgh

Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Edinburgh are below average. For this job type, Edinburgh ranks 148th for salaries among 265 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)

$37,833
Median salary
See more details and salary rankings for all job types in Edinburgh

Locals review Edinburgh

Do locals recommend living in Edinburgh?

What could Edinburgh do better?#improveEdinburgh

How could Edinburgh improve to make it a more liveable city? We will make sure that the local government will know about the suggestions that reach enough votes.
You can be the first! 😊  Tell us something that can be improved about your city.

What makes Edinburgh a special place?#praiseEdinburgh

Is Edinburgh a great place to live? What makes it special for you? What makes it liveable? What should others know about? Why should they move here? Why do you love it?
You can be the first! 😊  Tell us something nice about your city.

Looking for a job in Edinburgh?

Start searching

What are you looking for?

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

Let the job find you

Let the jobs come to you! Sign up with your email and we’ll start working on getting job offers from Edinburgh  delivered to you. It's free. No strings attached. You can unsubscribe anytime.


What kind of job are you looking for?

WHAT KIND OF JOB ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
EMAIL ADDRESS
Sign up for a free Teleport account to personalize city data.
Budget your housing and living costs, salaries and jobs.
Get started

Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

6.60
Guns per 100 people
0.23
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
HIGH GUN CRIMELOW GUN CRIMEFEW GUNSMANY GUNS
North America
Europe
Asia
South America
Africa
Oceania

Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Edinburgh in position 66 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

WORSTBEST
See more details on gun crime and safety in Edinburgh

Visa

For visits up to 90 days

Required with citizenship of

Startup Visa

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
YesNo3 years
Oxygen accelerator
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
NoYes26 weeks
Get more information about visas in Edinburgh here
Sign up for a free Teleport account to personalize city data.
Budget your housing and living costs, salaries and jobs.
Get started

Explore the streets of Edinburgh

People in Edinburgh

Population of Edinburgh

485,500
2,523 /km²
46/264
Density (people per unit of area)
2%
Growth in 2015-2020
Edinburgh

Demographics of United Kingdom

Median age
41
Elderly people
18%
Life expectancy at birth
81
GDP per capita (in USD)
$39,511
136/262
Unemployment
5%
134/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

Friends living in Edinburgh

Find out which of your friends are living in Edinburgh. Nothing is better than knowing a local 😉

Teleport Users  X  Edinburgh

Teleport users who are      Edinburgh

Work in:

Software Engineer
8.05%
Marketing Manager
4.31%
Teacher
3.45%
Project Manager
3.16%
Customer Support
2.87%
UX Designer
2.87%
Graphic Designer
2.87%
Other
72.41%

Come from:

Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

227.8

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

Sign up for a free Teleport account to personalize city data.
Budget your housing and living costs, salaries and jobs.
Get started

Impressions from Edinburgh

1:10 Living in Edinburgh, working in Tech

A video by Invest Edinburgh

Sign up for a free Teleport account to personalize city data.
Budget your housing and living costs, salaries and jobs.
Get started

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.

Read more

Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

United Kingdom
5th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

14th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

64th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

22nd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

5th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

11th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

1st

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

2nd

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

See details ▽

Still have questions?