Birmingham has been ranked as having the highest quality of life of any English city outside London by the global Mercer Quality of Living Report 2017.

The survey places Birmingham jointly with Glasgow in 53rd out of 231 global destinations. The city is placed ahead of international hotspots such as Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Miami and Dubai.

John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The fantastic quality of life in Birmingham is increasingly recognised, not just in this country but around the world. From our renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, to an unrivalled cultural offer with gems like the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Royal Ballet, plus international sporting events, this city has something for everyone.

“The number of foreign visitors has doubled in just three years, and we are the most popular destination for Londoners wishing to make a new life outside of the capital. Add to this, a business growth rate higher than all UK cities, an economic growth rate of 13.5% in the past five years, and 10,000 new homes planned for the city centre, and it is obvious that Birmingham is becoming a destination of choice.”