Skills levels are a key component of the region's success
Education is another strength and Aberdeen has a rich tradition of educational achievement, from as early as the 15th century, which continues to this day.
The University of Aberdeen, established in 1495, is one of the oldest English-speaking universities and in the top 160 in the world. It was named Scottish University of the year in 2019 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Meanwhile Robert Gordon University, established in 1729, is top in Scotland for employability; and Gray’s is the top School of Art in the country.
These great universities support research and innovation, providing talent to support local business in energy, life sciences, architecture, engineering, medicine, health and the creative industries, all of which flourish in Aberdeen. They have produced entrepreneurs, world business leaders, Nobel prize winners and award winning scientists, writers and industrialists.
In a recent Grant Thornton index Aberdeen ranks highest out of 32 Scottish local authority areas for prosperity and in the top quartile for equality, inclusion, opportunity and sustainability.
Aberdeenshire meanwhile was recognised in the Scottish Social Service Awards for demonstrating the very best practice in joined up health and social care provision.