Glasgow

Quality of life in Glasgow

By Jaanika Jensen

Glasgow is an outgoing, friendly and international city with a historic flavor. It offers a high quality of life and a wide range of cultural activities including concerts, fairs, sports events and festivals, making it a highly sociable environment. The unpredictable weather might be a challenge for some, but as the business and cultural center of Scotland, it's an exciting choice.

Glasgow is one of the top ten city matches for 0.7% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
144/265
Details
Large apartment$1400.00
Medium apartment$1100.00
Rent index [score]0.73
Small apartment$770.00

Cost of Living

5
130/250
Details
5km taxi ride$9.30
A Cappuccino$3.30
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$2.40
Bread$0.81
Inflation [score]0.54
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$41.00
Monthly public transport$59.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$77.61

Startups

4
148/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups4
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.27
Coworking spaces [score]0.31
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.19
Meetups groups36
Meetups members6742
Number of investors8
Number of startup events in the last 12 months473
Number of upcoming meetup events22
Startup climate scene [score]0.42
Startup events75
Startup events [score]0.67
Startups [score]0.52
Total number of startups91

Venture Capital

3
163/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.28

Travel Connectivity

6
29/265
Details
Airport hub117
Airport hub [score]0.53
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.77

Commute

5
115/251
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_Kingdom/Glasgow
Traffic handling [score]0.51

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

8
118/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.53
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
13/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.86
Healthcare quality [score]0.90
Life expectancy (years)81.22
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

5
64/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Glasgow
Best university ranking88
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]0.25

Environmental Quality

8
88/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.71
Cleanliness [score]0.60
Drinking water quality [score]0.90
Urban greenery [score]0.81

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

5
164/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)26.90
Internet access (download) [score]0.56
Internet access (upload) [score]0.46
Upload speed (Mbps)10.09

Leisure & Culture

5
190/264
Details
Art galleries72
Art galleries [score]0.67
Cinemas29
Cinemas [score]0.48
Comedy clubs11
Comedy clubs [score]0.81
Concert venues44
Concerts [score]0.64
Historical sites28
Historical sites [score]0.41
Museums29
Museums [score]0.52
Performing art venues66
Performing arts [score]0.45
Sport venues24
Sports [score]0.55
Zoos1
Zoos [score]0.53

Tolerance

7
148/265
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]0.46

Outdoors

4
196/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.17
Median peak in meters290.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)43.00
Water access [score]0.57
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Glasgow are in the 130th place of all 250 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)

$930$1,300
$1100
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$41
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$26
Monthly public transport$59
Lunch$14
-30%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Glasgow are below average. For this job type, Glasgow ranks 142nd 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 Glasgow.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$39,634
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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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Glasgow in position 163 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Startup Visa

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
YesNo3 years
Oxygen accelerator
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
NoYes26 weeks
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People in Glasgow

Population of Glasgow

774,400
2,458 /km²
48/264
Density (people per unit of area)
0%
Growth in 2015-2020
Glasgow

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

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Work in:

Software Engineer
6.87%
Marketing Manager
6.11%
Customer Support
4.58%
Project Manager
3.82%
Administrative Assistant
3.05%
Web Developer
3.05%
Founder
3.05%
Other
69.47%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

198

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Glasgow

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On living in Glasgow

Glasgow (Gaelic: Glaschu, Scots: Glesga) is the biggest city in Scotland, with a population of about 600,000 in the city itself and over 2 million if the surrounding towns of the Clydeside conurbation are taken into account. Located at the west end of Scotland's Central Belt on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow's historical importance as Scotland's main industrial centre has been challenged by decades of change and various regeneration efforts. Today the third largest city in the entire United Kingdom by population, it remains one of the nation's key economic centres outside London.

In recent years, Glasgow has been awarded the European titles of City of Culture (1990), City of Architecture and Design (1999) and Capital of Sport (2003). In 2008, Glasgow became the second Scottish city to join the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative when it was named as a UNESCO City of Music. In preparing its bid, Glasgow counted an average of 130 music events a week ranging from pop and rock to Celtic music and opera. The city has transformed itself from being the once mighty industrial powerhouse of Britain to a centre for commerce, tourism, and culture. Glasgow was the host city for the successful Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Glasgow has become one of the most visited cities in the British Isles, and visitors will find a revitalised city centre, the best shopping outside London without a doubt, excellent parks and museums (most of which are free), and easy access to the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

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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

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