UK Prosperity Map

An in-depth view of prosperity drivers across the UK

Scores per region, gleaned from official data – including GDP, employment, enterprise figures, household spending and number of millionaires.

map showing prosperity index scores by region

UK cities

Cities are outpacing their wider region, with clear disparities opening up when it comes to GDP per capita and earnings


London remains in 1st place with expenditure growth of 5.9% and the highest GDP per capita, despite only growing by 1.6%.

South East

South East is the UK’s second most prosperous region, with a score of 0.56.

East of England

The East of England maintains its place as the third-most prosperous region in the UK for the second year running.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland now the UK’s fourth most prosperous region, with a score of 0.35.

East Midlands

East Midlands moves up one place in the Prosperity Index, becoming the UK’s 5th-most prosperous region.

South West

South West presents a mixed picture of prosperity with a prosperity score of 0.31.

West Midlands

West Midlands climbs two places in prosperity rankings.

North West

North West remains steady as eighth most prosperous UK region.


Scotland drops to ninth most prosperous region, with a prosperity score of 0.22.


Wales remains steady with a prosperity score of 0.20.

Yorkshire & Humberside

Yorkshire and the Humber props up the Index with a score of 0.20.

North East

North East shows signs of growth, despite its 12th place on Prosperity Index.

About this research

The UK Prosperity Map is an annual piece of research compiled by Opinium on behalf of Barclays Wealth & Investments. It ranks UK regions and cities in terms of their affluence. A Prosperity Index score has been calculated by Opinium for each UK city and region. In addition, data provided by Wealth-X calculates UK millionaire numbers. The index uses third party figures on the factors listed below:

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