Innovation Cities™ Top 100 Index 2010

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Top 100 cities - city rankings for the global innovation economyThe top 100 cities of the global innovation economy.

Top cities to live, work and play, due to their strong innovation economics.


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1 Boston Massachusetts United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
2 Paris France EUROPE 1 NEXUS
3 Amsterdam Netherlands EUROPE 1 NEXUS
4 Vienna Austria EUROPE 1 NEXUS
5 New York New York United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
6 Frankfurt Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
7 San Francisco California United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
8 Copenhagen Denmark EUROPE 1 NEXUS
9 Lyon France EUROPE 1 NEXUS
10 Hamburg Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
11 Berlin Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
12 Toronto Canada AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
13 Stuttgart Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
14 London United Kingdom EUROPE 1 NEXUS
15 Munich Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
16 Milan Italy EUROPE 1 NEXUS
17 Stockholm Sweden EUROPE 1 NEXUS
18 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong ASIA 1 NEXUS
19 Melbourne VIC Australia ASIA 1 NEXUS
20 Tokyo Tokyo Japan ASIA 1 NEXUS
21 Rome Italy EUROPE 1 NEXUS
22 Kyoto Kyoto Japan ASIA 1 NEXUS
23 Washington DC District of Columbia United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
24 Shanghai Shanghai China ASIA 1 NEXUS
25 Düsseldorf Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
26 Barcelona Spain EUROPE 1 NEXUS
27 Seoul Korea, South ASIA 1 NEXUS
28 Sydney NSW Australia ASIA 1 NEXUS
29 Prague Czech Republic EUROPE 1 NEXUS
30 Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
31 Singapore Singapore ASIA 2 HUB
32 Brussels Belgium EUROPE 2 HUB
33 Strasbourg France EUROPE 2 HUB
34 Montréal Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
35 Seattle Washington United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
36 Nantes France EUROPE 2 HUB
37 Helsinki Finland EUROPE 2 HUB
38 Marseille France EUROPE 2 HUB
39 Leipzig Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
40 Cologne Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
41 Toulouse France EUROPE 2 HUB
42 Karlsruhe Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
43 Bordeaux France EUROPE 2 HUB
44 Austin Texas United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
45 Minneapolis-St Paul Minnesota United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
46 Oslo Norway EUROPE 2 HUB
47 Chicago Illinois United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
48 Wellington New Zealand ASIA 2 HUB
49 Dresden Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
50 Tel Aviv Israel EUROPE 2 HUB
51 Auckland New Zealand ASIA 2 HUB
52 Fukuoka Fukuoka Japan ASIA 2 HUB
53 Beijing Beijing China ASIA 2 HUB
54 Geneva Switzerland EUROPE 2 HUB
55 The Hague Netherlands EUROPE 2 HUB
56 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates EMERGING 2 HUB
57 Montpellier France EUROPE 2 HUB
58 Manchester United Kingdom EUROPE 2 HUB
59 Zürich Switzerland EUROPE 2 HUB
60 Madrid Spain EUROPE 2 HUB
61 Budapest Hungary EUROPE 2 HUB
62 Nuremberg Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
63 Ann Arbor Michigan United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
64 Edinburgh United Kingdom EUROPE 2 HUB
65 Bonn Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
66 Aachen Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
67 Essen Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
68 Glasgow United Kingdom EUROPE 2 HUB
69 Los Angeles California United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
70 Rotterdam Netherlands EUROPE 2 HUB
71 Calgary Alberta Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
72 Raleigh-Durham North Carolina United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
73 Dortmund Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
74 Québec Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
75 Vancouver Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
76 Basel Switzerland EUROPE 2 HUB
77 Reims France EUROPE 2 HUB
78 Springfield Massachusetts United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
79 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
80 Linz Austria EUROPE 2 HUB
81 Torino Italy EUROPE 2 HUB
82 Portland Oregon United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
83 Antwerp Belgium EUROPE 2 HUB
84 St Petersburg Russia EUROPE 2 HUB
85 Hannover Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
86 Nice France EUROPE 2 HUB
87 Dallas-Fort Worth Texas United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
88 Kobe Hyogo Japan ASIA 2 HUB
89 Venice Italy EUROPE 2 HUB
90 Denver Colorado United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
91 Kiel Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
92 Baltimore Maryland United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
93 Osaka Osaka Japan ASIA 2 HUB
94 São Paulo Brazil AMERICAS 2 HUB
95 Edmonton Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
96 Belgrade Serbia EUROPE 3 NODE
97 Moscow Russia EUROPE 3 NODE
98 Buenos Aires Argentina AMERICAS 3 NODE
99 Dubai United Arab Emirates EMERGING 3 NODE
100 Atlanta Georgia United States AMERICAS 3 NODE

Key to index.

All cities are graded into award categories based on their index score. In descending order of importance to the innovation economy:

NEXUS: Critical nexus for innovation across economic and social segments

HUB: Dominance or influence on key economic and social segments given current trends

NODE: Broad performance across many segments, some imbalances

INFLUENCER: Competitive in some segments, imbalanced

UPSTART: Potential steps towards future performance in a few segments (new in 2010)

Regions are defined as follows:

AMERICAS: North and South America

EUROPE: The U.N. defined Europe with European union, Western Russia, Israel and Turkish cities

ASIA: Asia and Oceania (Australia/NZ)

EMERGING: Mid-East, Africa and Caucasus states

Full details

Order current detailed City Benchmarking Data for each city to measure and compare.

Read the analyst city report to understand how to build urban innovation economies.

Methodology in brief:

The Index is the most comprehensive city ranking  and scoring. Each city was selected from 1,540 cities based on basic factors of health, wealth, population, geography. The selected 289 cities had data extracted the city benchmarking data program on 162 indicators.  Each of the benchmarking data were scored by analysts using a vast variety of web and print sources. Where data was unavailable, national or state estimates were used.

Data was then trend weighted against 21 global trends (from a summary of key trend thinkers from Oxford, Harvard and elsewhere.)  And the final index had a zeitgeist (market confidence) factor added, and was competitively graded into 5 bands with the top 100 cities ranked.

The 4 regional indexes for Americas, Europe, Asia and Emerging are derived from the global index.

For more details see the FAQ.

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