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Global Cities Index 2016
Jun 28, 2016

The Global Cities 2016 includes the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook. The Global Cities Index provides an assessment of global engagement for 125 cities representing all continents and regions, measuring how globally engaged each city is across 27 metrics in five dimensions—Business Activity, Human Capital, Information Exchange, Cultural Experience, and Political Engagement.

The Outlook evaluates the potential of 125 cities based on the rate of change in 13 leading indicators spanning four dimensions—Personal Well-being, Economics, Innovation, and Governance.

The Index and the Outlook provide a unique look at 125 of the world’s largest and most influential cities today and those primed to make an impact in the future.

  • New York and London remain the world’s most global cities, as they are the only cities to rank in the top 10 of both the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook.
  • For the first time since A.T. Kearney’s Global Cities Index began in 2008, London has overtaken New York to claim the top spot.
  • This year London performed better in two of the five dimensions of the Index: cultural exchange and business activity.
  • Even though New York maintained its top position in human capital, London closed the gap.
  • London has also seen noticeable improvement in information exchange.
  • For the second year in a row, San Francisco leads the Global Cities Outlook, driven largely by its strength in innovation. The city’s private investments, a proxy for venture capital, more than double that of the next highest grossing city, New York.
  • While San Francisco remains atop the rankings, a few cities have closed the score gap, particularly New York, Boston, and London. New York’s score improvements were driven by economics, Boston’s by innovation, and London’s by governance.
  • The study identifies 15 cities ranked in the top 25 of the Index, indicating superior current performance, and in the top 25 of the Outlook, indicating future potential. These cities are the “Global Elite.” Beyond New York and London, the Global Elite includes Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, Boston, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, and Melbourne.
  • Despite their strong showing in the Index and the Outlook, the Global Elite do not have a lock on global leadership. Across the 27 metrics in the Index, there are 18 different cities with a perfect score. Across the 13 leading indicators in the Outlook, there are 20 different cities with the fastest improving score.
  • The 18 perfect cities span the world. European cities include London, Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. Asian cities include Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Singapore. American cities include New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
  • Similarly, the 20 fastest cities are found across the world. European leaders include Warsaw, Prague, Munich, Dublin, London, Geneva, Zurich, and Brussels. Asian cities include Karachi, Sydney, Melbourne, Shenzhen, and Beijing. Americas leaders include Bogota, Houston, San Francisco, New York, Mexico City, and Guadalajara. Nairobi, Africa rounds out the 20 fastest cities.
  • On the smart cities front 14 cities were analyzed, all rank in the top quartile of cities measured on both the Index and Outlook. This list included leaders such as New York and London, as well as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Tokyo, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Melbourne.

 


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