Innovation Cities™ Index 2018: Top 100 Cities

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top100World's top 100 cities for innovation 2018 from the Innovation Cities™ Index city rankings (11th year of publication), developed by 2thinknow.

2thinknow city ranking for innovation since 2007.

Part of the world’s largest global city ranking, the Innovation Cities™ Index, with 500 benchmark cities classified and ranked globally and in 4 regions and 14 subregions.


This city rankings includes tech, smart, startups and other aspects of a good city to live, work and play based on economic opportunity for innovators. The Innovation Cities™ Indexes measure each cities potential as an innovation economy at the current time, since 2007. We want to definitively answer the world's top cities for innovation (based on innovation pre-conditions).

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162 City Indicators

Based on 162 standard indicators with underlying Data Points from 2thinknow's awesome City Benchmarking Data set - all available to order for single cities or sets of cities. If you want more background information, order the Innovation Cities™ Analysis Report (info, order)

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Data on 1 City

Order all 162 indicators and over 450 slides on one single city online or via Proposal. Or join us for a City Package (silver or above).
Data Comparing Cities

Order the data you need as raw Data Points (info, order) or 162 City Indicators (info, order) for set of 10+ cities, or order a City Scorecard (info, order). Or contact us for anything else.

Index Resources

All 2018 Indexes: Top 100GlobalAmericas | EuropeAsiaEmerging > Download Excel + Newsletter

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While the Innovation Cities™ Index is free, detailed data is always available for purchase.

RankChangeCity NameCountryStateRegionSubregionClassificationIndex ScoreCityID
12TokyoJapanTokyoASIAJAPAN1 NEXUS561361
2-1LondonUnited KingdomEUROPEUK1 NEXUS56737
31San Francisco - San JoseUnited StatesCaliforniaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS551557
4-2New YorkUnited StatesNew YorkAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS55901
51Los AngelesUnited StatesCaliforniaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS55740
61SingaporeSingaporeSingaporeASIAASIA PAC1 NEXUS541240
7-2BostonUnited StatesMassachusettsAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS53167
80TorontoCanadaOntarioAMERICASCANADA1 NEXUS531370
90ParisFranceIle-de-FranceEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS531002
104SydneyAustraliaNSWASIAANZ1 NEXUS531300
119ChicagoUnited StatesIllinoisAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS53264
12-1SeoulSouth KoreaSeoulASIAASIA PAC1 NEXUS521218
133Dallas-Fort WorthUnited StatesTexasAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS52325
143BerlinGermanyEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS51142
156SeattleUnited StatesWashingtonAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS511215
169MelbourneAustraliaVICASIAANZ1 NEXUS51811
175HoustonUnited StatesTexasAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS51525
18-6AmsterdamNetherlandsEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS5043
19-9ViennaAustriaViennaEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS491439
20-2AtlantaUnited StatesGeorgiaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS4979
21-6MunichGermanyEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS49863
22-3MontrealCanadaQuebecAMERICASCANADA1 NEXUS49853
2313San DiegoUnited StatesCaliforniaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS491160
243Washington DCUnited StatesDistrict of ColumbiaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS491471
25-1VancouverCanadaBritish ColumbiaAMERICASCANADA1 NEXUS491426
260MiamiUnited StatesFloridaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS48822
278Hong KongChinaHong KongASIACHINA1 NEXUS48522
283StockholmSwedenEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS481279
2918AustinUnited StatesTexasAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS4887
30-17BarcelonaSpainEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS48105
3111DenverUnited StatesColoradoAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS46334
322PhiladelphiaUnited StatesPennsylvaniaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS481027
33-5DubaiUnited Arab EmiratesEMERGINGMID-EAST1 NEXUS47353
3411ManchesterUnited KingdomEUROPEUK1 NEXUS47782
35-3ShanghaiChinaShanghaiASIACHINA1 NEXUS471227
37-7BeijingChinaBeijingASIACHINA1 NEXUS47125
38-15MadridSpainEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS47766
39-6CopenhagenDenmarkEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS46302
40-11MilanItalyEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS46825
417PortlandUnited StatesOregonAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS461053
42-2HamburgGermanyEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS46483
4312OaklandUnited StatesCaliforniaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS46944
44-7Tel AvivIsraelEUROPEMID-EAST1 NEXUS451337
455OsakaJapanOsaka (excludes Kobe)ASIAJAPAN1 NEXUS452112
460HelsinkiFinlandEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS45497
48-5MoscowRussiaMoscowEUROPERUSSIA1 NEXUS45858
490DublinIrelandEUROPEEURO CONT1 NEXUS45354
5011OrlandoUnited StatesFloridaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS45972
5115Las VegasUnited StatesNevadaAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS45713
5213BaltimoreUnited StatesMarylandAMERICASUSA1 NEXUS4597
5328IstanbulTurkeyEUROPEMID-EAST2 HUB44564
545BrisbaneAustraliaQLDASIAANZ2 HUB44186
5514ShenzhenChinaGuangdongASIACHINA2 HUB441230
56-15FrankfurtGermanyEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB44409
57-19StuttgartGermanyEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB441285
58-1QuebecCanadaQuebecAMERICASCANADA2 HUB441079
5921SacramentoUnited StatesCaliforniaAMERICASUSA2 HUB441133
6012TaipeiTaiwanTaiwanASIACHINA2 HUB441313
616Minneapolis-St PaulUnited StatesMinnesotaAMERICASUSA2 HUB441544
6212AthensGreeceEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB4478
63-10PragueCzech RepublicCentral Bohemian RegionEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB441061
646KyotoJapanKyotoASIAJAPAN2 HUB44700
65-3DusseldorfGermanyEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB44363
66-22LyonFranceRhone-AlpesEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB44757
6737Santa Ana-AnaheimUnited StatesCaliforniaAMERICASUSA2 HUB441173
6810BusanSouth KoreaASIAASIA PAC2 HUB431553
69-1Abu DhabiUnited Arab EmiratesEMERGINGMID-EAST2 HUB438
70-16LeipzigGermanyEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB43718
7128TampaUnited StatesFloridaAMERICASUSA2 HUB431327
72-16CologneGermanyEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB43290
7311Mexico CityMexicoMexico CityAMERICASLATIN AMERICA2 HUB43821
74-3BudapestHungaryEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB43194
7525PittsburghUnited StatesPennsylvaniaAMERICASUSA2 HUB431035
76-12BrusselsBelgiumBrusselsEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB43190
77-19Raleigh-DurhamUnited StatesNorth CarolinaAMERICASUSA2 HUB431085
788Kansas CityUnited StatesKS/MOAMERICASUSA2 HUB43614
79-3Sao PauloBrazilSao PauloAMERICASLATIN AMERICA2 HUB431204
80-3DetroitUnited StatesMichiganAMERICASUSA2 HUB43337
81-18PhoenixUnited StatesArizonaAMERICASUSA2 HUB431030
82-22Buenos AiresArgentinaBuenos AiresAMERICASLATIN AMERICA2 HUB43196
832Salt Lake CityUnited StatesUtahAMERICASUSA2 HUB431149
8438NashvilleUnited StatesTennesseeAMERICASUSA2 HUB43890
85-33ZurichSwitzerlandEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB431526
86-3CalgaryCanadaAlbertaAMERICASCANADA2 HUB43210
8720NewarkUnited StatesNew JerseyAMERICASUSA2 HUB43902
8810RiversideUnited StatesCaliforniaAMERICASUSA2 HUB431111
89-2EdinburghUnited KingdomEUROPEUK2 HUB42368
90-17LisbonPortugalEUROPEEURO CONT2 HUB42730
915ProvidenceUnited StatesRhode IslandAMERICASUSA2 HUB421067
92-2MumbaiIndiaMaharashtraASIAINDIA2 HUB42862
93-18St PetersburgRussiaSt PetersburgEUROPERUSSIA2 HUB421271
94-3AlbuquerqueUnited StatesNew MexicoAMERICASUSA2 HUB4227
95-2GlasgowUnited KingdomEUROPEUK2 HUB42446
96-7AucklandNew ZealandGreater AucklandASIAANZ2 HUB4281
9729MemphisUnited StatesTennesseeAMERICASUSA2 HUB42813
983RichmondUnited StatesVirginiaAMERICASUSA2 HUB421105
99-7Kuala LumpurMalaysiaKuala LumpurASIAASIA PAC2 HUB42689
1008WellingtonNew ZealandWellingtonASIAANZ2 HUB421473

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