New York is once again the the world’s “smartest” city, according to the IESE Cities in Motion Index 2017, which analyses all aspects that make up sustainability and quality of life in 180 key world cities. London takes the second spot, followed by Paris.
This is the fourth edition of the Cities in Motion Index, which is prepared by the IESE Center for Globalization and Strategy, under the direction of professors Pascual Berrone and Joan Enric Ricart. To compile the index, the authors analyze 79 indicators across 10 different dimensions of urban life: the economy, technology, human capital, social cohesion, international outreach, the environment, mobility and transportation, urban planning, public administration and governance. The results show that almost all of the dimension measured in the ranking are led by European and North American cities. The exception is technology, where Taipei reigns.
The ranking aims to be a tool for mayors, city managers, companies and interest groups that want to improve the quality of life of city residents. Studying the most advanced cities in each category provides a source of inspiration to identify best practices for more innovation, sustainability, equity and connectedness.
The Top 10 Smartest Cities
New York is the world’s most important economic center, ranking first for this dimension, and is in second place for Technology. London tops the Mobility and Transportation and the Human Capital dimensions, being the city with the highest number of business schools and universities, while also standing out in International Impact (2nd.) First in International Impact, Paris proves the world’s most popular tourist destination. However, all three cities have poor social cohesion scores, ranking 153rd, 105th and 86th, respectively. It is a clear reminder that a perfect city does not yet exist, and that all still have room for improvement.
Rounding out the top 10 are three other American cities (Boston 4th, San Francisco 5th, and Washington, D.C. 6th), two other European cities (Berlin 9th and Amsterdam 10th), and two Asian (Seoul 7th and Tokyo 8th.)