Livingston lies 30 miles away from Glasgow and 15 miles from Edinburgh and sits on the southern edge of the Almond Valley. It is bounded by a ring road and has been purposely planned, distinguishing it from West Lothian's other town centers. It features one of the largest indoor shopping and leisure complexes in Scotland, The Centre, and the Livingston Designer Outlet.
Livingston is one of the largest and most popular places within West Lothian, this is due to all the amenities the town offers. It provides the ease to which people can conveniently access to airports and motorways, making Livingston a popular area for both families and professionals. As Livingston is a relatively new town most of the population is made up of people who have moved into the area.