The 30 Cities Best Positioned for Long-Term Success

 

Combine the rapid rate of technological change with a globalized economy, and it’s evident that our cities are transforming at an unprecedented pace.

 

But while these fast-moving currents are found in pretty much every urbanized setting, not every city is doing well to navigate them. In an increasingly digital and global economy, cities must be able to attract high-end talent, foster innovation, and maintain competitiveness – and failing to do so can have dire consequences.

 

Which cities are prepared to adapt, and which will get left behind in the dust?

 

The City Momentum Index

 

Today’s chart uses data from the City Momentum Index 2018 in a report produced by JLL.

 

The index tries to identify the cities that are at the forefront of the innovation economy, by looking at key factors such as the number of tech firms, education, environment, transparency, infrastructure, and international patents.

 

 

By investing in and leveraging their strengths in technology, physical and digital connectivity, quality of life and sustainability, [these cities] are positioned to maintain their performance into the future in this new competitive landscape.

 

 

The report identified the top 30 cities according to this criteria for long-term success – as well as 30 other cities that are destined to hold their momentum in the short term.

 

30 Cities Positioned for Success

 

Here are the cities that top the list in the 2018 edition of the report:

 

 

Rank City Country
#1 San Francisco United States
#2 Silicon Valley United States
#3 New York United States
#4 London United Kingdom
#5 Boston United States
#6 Los Angeles United States
#7 Paris France
#8 Amsterdam Netherlands
#9 Toronto Canada
#10 San Diego United States
#11 Chicago United States
#12 Seattle United States
#13 Tokyo Japan
#14 Sydney Australia
#15 Munich Germany
#16 Berlin Germany
#17 Melbourne Australia
#18 Austin United States
#19 Vancouver Canada
#20 Denver United States
#21 Washington D.C. United States
#22 Copenhagen Denmark
#23 Stockholm Sweden
#24 Edinburgh United Kingdom
#25 Philadelphia United States
#26 Montreal Canada
#27 Helsinki Finland
#28 Seoul South Korea
#29 Singapore Singapore
#30 Zurich Switzerland

The United States is represented by 12 cities, while the European continent holds 10. Meanwhile, Canada and Australia are home to five cities between them.

 

Interestingly, no cities from China, Latin America, Africa, or the Middle East make this first list.

 

 

30 Cities With Short-Term Momentum

 

The report also touches on short-term momentum, which JLL defines as the cities with urban economies and real estate markets currently undergoing the most rapid growth.

 

This resulting list is almost mutually exclusive with the one above, mainly because of the explosive growth happening right now in Chinese cities as well as in India and the Asia-Pacific.

 

 

Rank City Country
#1 Hyderabad India
#2 Bangalore India
#3 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
#4 Pune India
#5 Kolkata India
#6 Hanoi Vietnam
#7 Nanjing China
#8 Delhi India
#9 Hangzhou China
#10 Xian China
#11 Nairobi Kenya
#12 Chongqing China
#13 Wuhan China
#14 Chennai India
#15 Shanghai China
#16 Guangzhou China
#17 Tianjin China
#18 Manila Philippines
#19 Shenzhen China
#20 Mumbai India
#21 Chengdu China
#22 Beijing China
#23 Jakarta Indonesia
#24 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
#25 Lagos Nigeria
#26 Singapore Singapore
#27 Dubai U.A.E.
#28 Bangkok Thailand
#29 Seattle United States
#30 Bucharest Romania

On the short-term momentum side of the equation, we have 11 Chinese cities, seven from India, and only one located in the Western hemisphere (Seattle).

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