Lancaster is listed as the eighth most vibrant inner city in the country in a new report.
The city jumped five places from thirteenth in the poll of 75 locations by credit experts Experian.
It analysed housing type, tenure, economic activity and the professional status of the population in drawing up its findings.
Demographic analysis also identified Lancaster as a place with a distinct interest in the arts and education.
The Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce said the findings were an “acknowledgement of the indefatigable work of the business community in helping to sustain Lancaster’s cultural and economic standing.”
The body’s vice president John Regan said: “I welcome the happy combination of city centre and university which has led to this exciting position as eighth most vibrant city in the UK.
“Hopefully the retailers and leisure providers of Lancaster will seize the opportunity of increasing their offering to ensure we maintain this position.”
Suzi Bunting, manager of the Lancaster city centre Business Improvement District (BID), added: “The BID aims to promote a city centre alive with culture and vibrancy and the report shows that this is coming to fruition.”