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2008’s World’s Greatest Cities

Posted by Jae on March 25, 2009

2008 World’s Greatest Cities

“Specifically, the Global Cities Index ranks cities’ metro areas according to 24 metrics across five dimensions. The first is business activity: including the value of its capital markets, the number of Fortune Global 500 firms headquartered there, and the volume of the goods that pass through the city. The second dimension measures human capital, or how well the city acts as a magnet for diverse groups of people and talent. This includes the size of a city’s immigrant population, the number of international schools, and the percentage of residents with university degrees. The third dimension is information exchange—how well news and information is dispersed about and to the rest of the world. The number of international news bureaus, the amount of international news in the leading local papers, and the number of broadband subscribers round out that dimension. The final two areas of analysis are unusual for most rankings of globalized cities or states. The fourth is cultural experience, or the level of diverse attractions for international residents and travelers. That includes everything from how many major sporting events a city hosts to the number of performing arts venues it boasts. The final dimension— political engagement—measures the degree to which a city influences global policymaking and dialogue. How? By examining the number of embassies and consulates, major think tanks, international organizations, sister city relationships, and political conferences a city hosts. We learned long ago that globalization is much more than the simple lowering of market barriers and economic walls. And because the Global Cities Index pulls in these measures of cultural, social, and policy indicators, it offers a more complete picture of a city’s global standing—not simply economic or financial ties.” -Foreign Policy Magazine Nov/Dec 2008 Issue
(Bold = I have been there.  Italic = I wish to go one day)

Top 10

1. New York City, United States of America
2. London, United Kingdom
3. Paris, France
4. Tokyo, Japan
5. Hong Kong, China
6. Los Angeles, United States of America
7. Singapore
8. Chicago, United States of America
9. Seoul, South Korea
10. Toronto, Canada

Top 30

11. Washington District of Columbia, United States of America
12. Beijing, China
13. Brussels, Belgium
14. Madrid, Spain
15. San Francisco, United States of America
16. Sydney, Australia
17. Berlin, Germany
18. Vienna, Austria
19. Moscow, Russia
20. Shanghai, China
21. Frankfurt, Germany
22. Bangkok, Thailand
23. Amsterdam, Netherlands
24. Stockholm, Sweden
25. Mexico City, Mexico
26. Zurich, Switzerland
27. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
28. Istanbul, Turkey
29. Boston, United States of America
30. Rome, Italy

Top 60

31. Sao Paulo, Brazil
32. Miami, United States of America
33. Buenos Aires, Argentina
34. Taipei, Taiwan
35. Munich, Germany
36. Copenhagen, Denmark
37. Atlanta, United States of America
38. Cairo, Egypt
39. Milan, Italy
40. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
41. New Delhi, India
42. Tel Aviv, Israel
43. Bogota, Columbia
44. Dublin, Ireland
45. Osaka, Japan
46. Manila, Philippines
47. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
48. Jakarta, Indonesia
49. Mumbai, India
50. Johnnesburg, South Africa
51. Caracas, Venezeula
52. Guangzhou, China
53. Lagos, Nigeria
54. Shenzhen, China
55. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
56. Dhaka, India
57. Karachi, Pakistan
58. Bangalore, India
59. Chongqing, China
60. Kolkata, India

Now that I have found a list of “important” cities of the world, I will inspect each and every skyline.  I was expecting Seattle, Vancouver, Houston, Montreal, and Philadelphia to make the cut but they failed.

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