Shanghai ranked no.18 in ATKearney’s ‘2014 Global Cities Index’, a study ranking ranking cities according to their business activity, political engagement, information exchange, and other factors. This puts it two spots up from last year, but a whopping 10 spots under smog-choked Beijing (wah wah).
Beijing broke into the top ten for the first time due to an increased number of fortune 500 companies, broadband subscribers, museums (can’t they take off points on account of the atmosphere being deadly to humans?), and high political engagement (how did they swing that?). Yes, we’re biased. Beijing was also the only city to rank among the top ten in both the Global Cities Index and the ‘2014 Emerging Cities Outlook,’ which measures the likelihood that that cities in low and middle income countries will improve their global positioning over the next decade to two decades.
Shanghai did trump Beijing in the category of human capital, due to its larger foreign-born population, greater number of inhabitants with tertiary education, and high number of international schools. Chalk up one for us expats!
Side-by-side comparison of ‘Global Cities’ and ‘Emerging Cities.’
See the complete ‘2014 Global Cities Chart’ here.
[Main pic via edsaplan.com]