Innovation Cities™ Index 2022-2023: Africa – Most New and Upcoming Cities

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Who are AFRICA's most new and upcoming cities?

Based on the 16th annual Innovation Cities™ Index city rankings process by 2THINKNOW. Original quantitative method, based on 162 indicators (including consideration of 1000+ data point inputs) per city. Est. 2007.

Why This Ranking?

Breadth of indicators covers areas of innovation that 500 cities are focused on. Such as: digital, liveability, smart, economic development, mobility (transport), tourism and trade, place branding, start-ups, sustainability. The city ranking has over a decade of results, making analysis possible. Detailed data is also available to order.

These city rankings measure pre-conditions for innovation. Results are available globally (500 cities or top 100), or by region/nation.

The 162 Indicators cover key areas for city innovation such as: digital transformation, technology, startups, economic development, sustainability, liveability, mobility and other areas. Above average scores across many indicators result in a higher rank. Thus, making cities that rank high, more well-balanced. You can order city data at any level.

Indicators map to key government departments or industries.

The Innovation Cities™ Index was established in 2007. We seek to definitively answer the question - 'which are the world's most innovative cities '?



Based on 162 standard Indicators with underlying Data Points from 2THINKNOW's awesome City Benchmarking Data set. Making it easy to compare cities.

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Africa World City Rankings Results for 2022-2023

Instructions for Use: Yes, the top-level Innovation Cities™ Index results are always free to track and monitor. You can publish this list, please attribute it correctly - see 'Reproducing this list' below the table. Just, register for email updates here.

Data Detail: The data is available for purchase at Indicator level. Used by govt, cities, finance, insurance, consultants and businesses. We also will work with you on analysis, training workshops and reports based on insights from 500 cities of data.

1Cape TownSouth AfricaNODE391-282223
2JohannesburgSouth AfricaNODE382-314591
3DurbanSouth AfricaNODE355+2390361
4PretoriaSouth AfricaUPSTART347+34021065
5NairobiKenyaUPSTART333- 2418880
9Port LouisMauritiusUPSTART2810+14771547
10LagosNigeriaUPSTART289- 1482706
12Dar es SalaamTanzania274- 8488329
13Addis AbabaEthiopia2713-48912
14AlgiersAlgeria2712- 249031
15Port HarcourtNigeria2514- 14951050
16LuandaAngola2515- 1496744
18KinshasaDemocratic Republic of the Congo2216- 2499650
Region Definition

Definition of list: All cities ranked from Africa region. Countries: Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia.

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