London has once again been declared the smartest city in the world, according to the seventh edition of the IESE Cities in Motion Index 2020. New York takes the second spot, followed by Paris.
Prepared by IESE Business School’s Center for Globalization and Strategy and co-authored by professors Pascual Berrone and Joan Enric Ricart, the annual index analyzes the level of development of 174 world cities across nine dimensions considered key to truly smart and sustainable cities.
These are the economy, the environment, governance, human capital, international projection, mobility and transportation, social cohesion, technology, and urban planning. There is also an interactive map where readers can view how different world cities compare.
Here Are The Smartest Cities In The World 2020
Kicking off the top ten list is one of the most influential cities in Southeast Asia: Hong Kong. This major port and global financial center achieve its best marks for technology, coming first in the world on that dimension.
Initiatives like the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint project seek to use innovation and technology to address challenges like city management and quality of life. It also does well for international projection, taking the fourth spot.
In the 9th spot is the city-state of Singapore. As the first city in the world to launch driverless taxis (with plans to launch similar buses by 2022), it’s no surprise that this innovative city comes in at no.2 for technology.
It also ranks third on the international projection dimension and seventh for the environment. It’s weakest performance is for mobility and transportation (55.).
At number 8 on the ranking is Amsterdam. Its best marks are for the international projection (5), reflecting its strong international standing and appeal as a tourist destination, and mobility and transportation (11.) It’s the weakest spot? That would be social cohesion (50.)
Berlin is the highest placed German city in the ranking, coming in at no.7 overall. Its best performance is for mobility and transportation (4), human capital (5) and international projection (9.)
In contrast, the areas with the most room for improvement are the economy (59) and the environment (42.)
The Danish capital does particularly well for the environment, coming in second on that dimension, thanks to its low pollution and contamination levels.
It also does well for governance (7.) It’s the weakest area for urban planning, where it ranks 81st.
At no. 5 in Reykjavik, which is also the best performing city for the environment. It takes the top spot on this dimension thanks to being a city with 100% renewable hydroelectric and geothermal energy sources and a world leader in energy sustainability and smart solutions.
Its next best performance is for social cohesion (14.) Its worst performance is for urban planning (where it is near the bottom of the ranking at 125), followed by the economy (86.)
Tokyo is the highest placed city in the Asia Pacific region. Coming 4th in the overall ranking, it does best on the dimensions for the economy (3rd), followed by the environment (6th) and human capital (9th.)
It’s weakest performance is for social cohesion (74.) However, as a city with considerable technology influence on the global stage, a positive development has been how Tokyo’s concept of a smart city has shifted in recent years towards the social dimension.
As one of the main tourist destinations worldwide, Paris is powerful for its international projection, coming second on that dimension. It also stands out in the dimensions of mobility and transportation (2) and human capital (6),
Which looks at a city’s ability to attract, nurture and develop talent. Its worst performance can be seen in the dimensions of social cohesion (74th) and the environment (48th.)
New York tops the charts for its economy (an area in which 9 of the top 10 positions go to U.S. cities), urban planning (6 of the top 10 are North American), and mobility and transportation.
Its great Achilles’ heel continues to be social cohesion, with one of the world’s worst performances on that dimension (ranking 151st.).
London, which houses more start-ups and programmers than almost any other city globally, has continually done well on the annual index, ranking first since 2017.
London’s number 1 ranking is due to it being well placed in almost all dimensions: it comes in first place for human capital and international projection, second place for governance and urban planning, and is in the top 10 for the dimensions of mobility and transportation, and technology. Its worst performance can be seen in social cohesion dimensions (64th) and the environment (35th.)