Cities of Opportunity 7

In this seventh edition of Cities of Opportunity, we examine the current social and economic performance of 30 of the world’s leading cities.

This year, London defends the number one spot it won in Cities of Opportunity 6, and actually extends its lead. Its performance is driven by consistent strength in almost all areas, ranking first in three of the ten indicators: city gateway; economic clout; and intellectual capital and innovation.

Toronto’s rise to second place demonstrates the importance of a strong economy, high quality of life, with a top ranking for health, safety and security. Most inspiring to many is the rise of Paris to third position, showing resilience in the face of economic and terrorist challenges. Rounding out the top five are New York (or New Amsterdam as it was called in the 17th century) which is virtually tied with its historical twin – Amsterdam.

Stockholm and San Francisco, two of the smallest cities in the report, finish sixth and seventh, respectively. And from Asia and the Pacific, Singapore, Sydney, and Hong Kong round out the top 10, in that order.

But rising above individual results, the study again shows that a city requires balanced social and economic strengths to work as a whole.

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