East Midlands cities are biggest risers in LSH Vitality Index

Leicester has been named one of the most improved areas in the UK when it comes to economic output and wage growth in the LSH Vitality Index.

Leicester also climbed a massive 22 places to 22nd position, thanks in large part to an improvement in its environmental performance with a 26% reduction in CO2 emissions per capita and a 20% increase in the proportion of household waste recycled.

Our University is involved in a number of projects to improve air pollution in local environments - earlier this month Professor Roland Leigh from our Department of Physics and Astronomy discussed his research in a BBC Two documentary titled 'Fighting for Air' which is available on BBC iPlayer.


The LSH Vitality Index assesses the UK’s 66 largest towns and cities outside London to identify which are best positioned for growth and provide the greatest opportunities for businesses expansion.

The results are based on the analysis of 20 datasets, with each location ranked within six separate sub-indices: most productive, fastest growing, most entrepreneurial, best educated, greenest and rising affluence.