Innovation Cities™ Index 2022-2023: NAFTA – Most Innovative Cities

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Who are NAFTA's most innovative 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 focussed 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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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.

NAFTA World City Rankings Results for 2022-2023

1New YorkUnited StatesNEXUS562+13901
2Los AngelesUnited StatesNEXUS5511+96740
3BostonUnited StatesNEXUS541- 27167
4San Francisco - San JoseUnited StatesNEXUS536+291557
5HoustonUnited StatesNEXUS534- 110525
6ChicagoUnited StatesNEXUS525- 112264
8SeattleUnited StatesNEXUS518-211215
9Dallas-Fort WorthUnited StatesNEXUS513- 622325
11AtlantaUnited StatesNEXUS507- 42579
13MiamiUnited StatesNEXUS509- 431822
14Washington DCUnited StatesNEXUS4910- 4321471
15PhiladelphiaUnited StatesNEXUS4915-331027
16San DiegoUnited StatesNEXUS4921+5371160
17DenverUnited StatesNEXUS4814- 342334
18PortlandUnited StatesNEXUS4816- 2431053
19AustinUnited StatesNEXUS4812- 74487
20Las VegasUnited StatesNEXUS4813- 745713
21DetroitUnited StatesNEXUS4825+447337
22NewarkUnited StatesHUB4743+2150902
23BaltimoreUnited StatesHUB4727+45197
24PhoenixUnited StatesHUB4720- 4551030
25OaklandUnited StatesHUB4735+1056944
26OrlandoUnited StatesHUB4734+857972
27Mexico CityMexicoHUB4694+6761821
28SacramentoUnited StatesHUB4689+61671133
29TampaUnited StatesHUB4683+54691327
30Minneapolis-St PaulUnited StatesHUB4617- 13701544
31PittsburghUnited StatesHUB4636+5711035
32San AntonioUnited StatesHUB4624- 8721155
33RiversideUnited StatesHUB4693+60731111
35CharlotteUnited StatesHUB4522- 1390247
36NashvilleUnited StatesHUB4518- 1891890
37ClevelandUnited StatesHUB4561+2492284
38Santa Ana-AnaheimUnited StatesHUB4550+12941173
39CincinnatiUnited StatesHUB4566+2795275
40Kansas CityUnited StatesHUB4523- 1796614
41Fort LauderdaleUnited StatesHUB4529- 1299403
42New OrleansUnited StatesNODE4460+18104900
43HonoluluUnited StatesNODE4447+4106523
45St LouisUnited StatesNODE4438- 71111272
46MilwaukeeUnited StatesNODE4457+11113827
47ProvidenceUnited StatesNODE4441- 61141067
48LouisvilleUnited StatesNODE4448-116742
49AlbanyUnited StatesNODE4496+471171627
50ColumbusUnited StatesNODE4477+27118296
51MemphisUnited StatesNODE4474+23120813
54Norfolk-Virginia BeachUnited StatesNODE4453- 1127924
55RochesterUnited StatesNODE4498+431281115
56Ventura-OxnardUnited StatesNODE44114+581291633
58Raleigh-DurhamUnited StatesNODE4372+141411085
59AlbuquerqueUnited StatesNODE4340- 1914227
60CharlestonUnited StatesNODE4332- 28143246
61Ann ArborUnited StatesNODE4378+1714451
62IndianapolisUnited StatesNODE4339- 23148548
64AllentownUnited StatesNODE4397+3315134
65Salt Lake CityUnited StatesNODE4337- 281531149
66HartfordUnited StatesNODE43112+46156493
67JacksonvilleUnited StatesNODE4359- 8157580
68BuffaloUnited StatesNODE4395+27159197
69TulsaUnited StatesNODE4346- 231601394
70BoulderUnited StatesNODE4228- 42170168
71RichmondUnited StatesNODE4245- 261741105
72AnchorageUnited StatesNODE4255- 1717547
73KnoxvilleUnited StatesNODE4267- 6176662
74Colorado SpringsUnited StatesNODE4279+5177293
76Grand RapidsUnited StatesNODE4282+6191457
77GreensboroUnited StatesNODE4264- 13195461
78Oklahoma CityUnited StatesNODE4242- 36196955
79OmahaUnited StatesNODE4252- 27198961
80SyracuseUnited StatesNODE42113+332021302
81Corpus ChristiUnited StatesNODE4280- 1203307
82El PasoUnited StatesNODE4291+9204373
83DaytonUnited StatesNODE4281- 2205330
84TucsonUnited StatesNODE4263- 212061391
85SavannahUnited StatesNODE4244- 412071211
86BoiseUnited StatesNODE4273- 13208161
87LexingtonUnited StatesNODE4131- 56216722
88ChattanoogaUnited StatesNODE4154- 34217249
89PortlandUnited StatesNODE4168- 212202104
90MadisonUnited StatesNODE4187- 3222765
91BirminghamUnited StatesNODE4162- 29223151
92ToledoUnited StatesNODE4185- 72241362
93AkronUnited StatesNODE4186- 722523
94Winston-SalemUnited StatesNODE4171- 232271484
95GreenvilleUnited StatesNODE41102+72281628
96Green BayUnited StatesNODE41101+5230460
97ManchesterUnited StatesNODE4199+2232781
98Baton RougeUnited StatesNODE4176- 22233119
99Des MoinesUnited StatesNODE4130- 69236336
100SpringfieldUnited StatesNODE4133- 672381266
101LancasterUnited StatesNODE41117+162391629
102WichitaUnited StatesNODE4184- 182401479
103Little RockUnited StatesNODE4149- 54241731
104ColumbiaUnited StatesNODE4165- 39242294
105RenoUnited StatesNODE4188- 172431097
106FresnoUnited StatesNODE41122+16244413
107StocktonUnited StatesNODE41131+242451281
109MontgomeryUnited StatesNODE4069- 40257851
110TallahasseeUnited StatesNODE4056- 542601322
111JacksonUnited StatesNODE4070- 41262579
112CharlottesvilleUnited StatesNODE40104- 82631543
113RoanokeUnited StatesNODE40107- 62641632
114SpokaneUnited StatesNODE40100- 142661264
115LincolnUnited StatesNODE4090- 25267727
116BakersfieldUnited StatesNODE40123+726894
117ModestoUnited StatesNODE40130+13269840
118AugustaUnited StatesNODE4051- 6727183
120BridgeportUnited StatesNODE40118- 2276184
122Fredericton - St JohnCanadaNODE39129+72971556
123Cedar RapidsUnited StatesNODE3958- 65299241
124RochesterUnited StatesNODE39108- 163041114
125SpringfieldUnited StatesNODE39103- 223051267
126WilmingtonUnited StatesNODE38111- 153082105
127Sioux FallsUnited StatesNODE38106- 213181241
128BozemanUnited StatesNODE3892- 36320171
129SpringfieldUnited StatesNODE38121- 83211265
131BurlingtonUnited StatesNODE37116- 153412100
132FargoUnited StatesNODE36105- 273582103
133CheyenneUnited StatesNODE36124- 93592102
134BillingsUnited StatesNODE36120- 14360150
Region Definition

Definition of list: All NAFTA country-member cities selected from the 500 cities. Countries: USA, Canada, Mexico


The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force on July 1, 2020. The USMCA, which substituted the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a mutually beneficial win for North American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. The Agreement creates more balanced, reciprocal trade supporting high-paying jobs for Americans and grow the North American economy.

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