The Chicago Council on Global Affairs partnered for the second year with global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Foreign Policy magazine to release a comprehensive ranking of how sixty-five cities from about forty countries are powering integration, interaction, and influence on a global scale. While most other city rankings limit their focus to business or quality of life measures, the Global Cities Index incorporates business activity, human capital, information exchange, as well as two additional dimensions of what makes cities global: cultural experience and political engagement. The result is a holistic look at what differentiates cities in generating, attracting, and retaining global capital, people, and ideas.
Five new cities were added to the Index in 2010: Barcelona, Montreal, Geneva, Houston, and Nairobi. And a new metric on censorship in the category of information exchange had a critical impact on the movement of city’s rankings. New York and London remain in the top two positions, but Tokyo bumped Paris for 3rd place and Chicago moved up from 8th to 6th. The index also revealed that of the top 10 cities, five are in the Asia-Pacific region – Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Seoul. Three—New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles—are American cities. Only two, London and Paris, are European.
This second Global Cities Index was published in the September/October 2010 issue of Foreign Policy.