Welcome to the Thriving Places Index

The Thriving Places Index identifies the local conditions for wellbeing and measures whether those conditions are being delivered fairly and sustainably.

Created by Centre for Thriving Places it's designed to give a balanced and easily read ‘dashboard’ of information on the different elements that support places to thrive. It cuts across different policy areas and is structured to provide a holistic way of approaching different priorities.

What are thriving places?

Thriving places support our individual and societal wellbeing. When where we live thrives, the conditions are there for us to find good work, feel supported, live healthily, and meet everyone’s needs fairly, both now and in the future.

What makes a thriving place is complicated - but we’ve researched the various factors and combined and analysed indicator data to present a compelling and clear picture of how different local authority areas support people’s wellbeing.

By looking at a much broader picture of what supports the wellbeing of communities, the TPI’s asset-based approach shows what’s already going well and highlights that different areas experience different challenges. See an England overview map and compare multiple areas using our interactive map tool.

About Centre for Thriving Places

Founded in 2010, Centre for Thriving Places has gained a global reputation for combining academic rigour with practical, accessible and adaptable tools that support positive change. Our consulting, training and measurement tools help put a wellbeing approach into practice, supporting people, place and planet to thrive.


The Thriving Places Index is a brilliant tool for debating what we think matters most in our lives, exploring just how different parts of the UK are doing, and asking why there are such vast differences between them. This is just the kind of metric needed to steer us wisely through the 21st century.

Kate Raworth – Economist and Author of Doughnut Economics

To build an economy that delivers wellbeing for people and the planet, we need systemic transformation that starts where people are. The Thriving Places Index does exactly that: it starts where people are, and measures success through the lens of wellbeing. Metrics like these are vital because they open up conversations about the purpose of the economy, and what living good lives actually means in our communities.

Dr Katherine Trebeck, Advocacy and Influencing lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and author of The Economics of Arrival

The Thriving Places Index and the work of the Centre for Thriving Places gives government, policy-makers, public services and people an exciting alternative to measuring Gross Domestic Product as the only marker of well-being.

Sophie Howe – Future Generations Commissioner, Welsh Government

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For ideas on how to use the data in the Thriving Places Index take a look at our research team's blogs on the Centre for Thriving Places site.