162 Standard Indicators

Indicators selected to measure cities conditions for innovation.

These are the 162 standard City Indicators from the City Benchmarking Data™ program. 2thinknow analysts use these indicators to collect qualitative and quantitative about cities, then provide relative benchmark scores against the set of 525 (2016 onwards) benchmark cities. Indicators are grouped into 2thinknow’s 31 segments (here) which cover all economic, industry and social functions of a city.

A more comprehensive description of Indicators can be found on our City Benchmarking Data: Indicators page (soon to be updated)

List of City Indicators 2016-2017

New indicators marked *

Factor City Indicator
CULTURAL ASSETS Architectural Layering
CULTURAL ASSETS Decorative Features
CULTURAL ASSETS Neighborhoods
CULTURAL ASSETS Green Architecture
CULTURAL ASSETS Cinema & Film
CULTURAL ASSETS Cultural Festivals
CULTURAL ASSETS Dance & Ballet
CULTURAL ASSETS Handcrafts
CULTURAL ASSETS Private Art Galleries
CULTURAL ASSETS Public Art Galleries
CULTURAL ASSETS Public Artworks
CULTURAL ASSETS Public Museums
CULTURAL ASSETS Satire & Comedy
CULTURAL ASSETS Theatre & Plays
CULTURAL ASSETS Youth Activities
CULTURAL ASSETS Video & Film Production
CULTURAL ASSETS Designers
CULTURAL ASSETS Green Business
CULTURAL ASSETS Hotel Range
CULTURAL ASSETS Inbound Visitors
CULTURAL ASSETS International Conferences
CULTURAL ASSETS International Students
CULTURAL ASSETS Visitor Entry
CULTURAL ASSETS Visitor Information
CULTURAL ASSETS Wealth Distribution
CULTURAL ASSETS Air Cleanliness
CULTURAL ASSETS Climate & Weather
CULTURAL ASSETS Emissions
CULTURAL ASSETS Natural Disasters
CULTURAL ASSETS Nature
CULTURAL ASSETS Noise Limiting
CULTURAL ASSETS Public Green Areas
CULTURAL ASSETS Water features
CULTURAL ASSETS Fashion Designers
CULTURAL ASSETS Cafes & Tea Rooms
CULTURAL ASSETS Fine Restaurants
CULTURAL ASSETS Food Diversity
CULTURAL ASSETS Meal Affordability
CULTURAL ASSETS History_
CULTURAL ASSETS Bookstores
CULTURAL ASSETS Magazine Availability
CULTURAL ASSETS Media Censorship
CULTURAL ASSETS News Journalism
CULTURAL ASSETS Public Libraries
CULTURAL ASSETS TV & Radio Networks
CULTURAL ASSETS Underground Publications
CULTURAL ASSETS Web Censorship
CULTURAL ASSETS Bicycle Friendly
CULTURAL ASSETS Streets
CULTURAL ASSETS Walking City
CULTURAL ASSETS Classical Music
CULTURAL ASSETS Music Venues
CULTURAL ASSETS Nightlife
CULTURAL ASSETS Opera House
CULTURAL ASSETS Popular Music
CULTURAL ASSETS Alternative Population
CULTURAL ASSETS Education Level
CULTURAL ASSETS Equality of Women
CULTURAL ASSETS Places of Worship
CULTURAL ASSETS Fitness Facilities
CULTURAL ASSETS Sports Fanaticism
CULTURAL ASSETS Sports Stadiums
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Public Water Supply
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Electricity & Gas
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Food Supply
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Waste Management
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Banking & Finance
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Business Approach
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Card Acceptance
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Foreign Exchange
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Multi-National Headquarters
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Professional Services
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Public Meeting Spaces
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Global Airport Connections
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Languages
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Travel Advisories
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE GDP Per Capita
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Property Prices
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Unemployment Rate
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Arts Education
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Business Education
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Science & Engineering
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Student Population
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE University Breadth
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE University Commercialization
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Government Stability
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Government Responsiveness
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Political Transparency
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Public Servant Professionalism
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE General Medicine
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Hospitals
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Infant Mortality Rate
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Life Expectancy
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Waiting Lists
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Industry Clusters
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Manufacturing Breadth
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Manufacturing Quality
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Publishing Industry
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Resources
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Textile Industry
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Wine, Spirits & Brewing
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Clerical Wages
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Labor Force
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Working Visa
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Citizen Rights
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Policing
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Separation of Powers
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Container Freight
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Freight
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Postal System
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Railway Track
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Airport Transfers
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Automobiles
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Inter-City Connections
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE City Transport Infrastructure
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Service Delivery
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Service Frequency
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Taxi Service
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Transport Coverage
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Crime
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Violent Crime
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Department Stores
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Local Markets
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Local Shopping
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Retail Establishment
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Small Retail Clusters
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Company Setup
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Growth Business Funding
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Start-Up Office Spaces
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Broadband Internet
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Fixed Phone Network
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Government IT Policy
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Internet Users
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Mobile Phone Network
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Wireless Internet
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Start-Up Economy*
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Sales Taxes*
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Company Tax*
HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE Ecommerce Sales*
NETWORKED MARKETS Multi-Lingual
NETWORKED MARKETS Embassies & Trade Ambassadors
NETWORKED MARKETS Tourist Entry
NETWORKED MARKETS Relationships with Neighbors
NETWORKED MARKETS Domestic Market Health
NETWORKED MARKETS Domestic Market Size
NETWORKED MARKETS Exports
NETWORKED MARKETS Imports
NETWORKED MARKETS Foreign Direct Investment
NETWORKED MARKETS Neighbors Market Size
NETWORKED MARKETS Population
NETWORKED MARKETS Reserves
NETWORKED MARKETS International Airport
NETWORKED MARKETS Trading Partners Economies
NETWORKED MARKETS Freight Dependencies
NETWORKED MARKETS Physical Location
NETWORKED MARKETS Trade Routes
NETWORKED MARKETS Trade Diversity
NETWORKED MARKETS Social media
NETWORKED MARKETS City Branding*
NETWORKED MARKETS Smart Devices*
NETWORKED MARKETS Relative Military
NETWORKED MARKETS Strategic Power

Deprecated Indicators 2012-2013, 2014, 2015

These 6 indicators have been replaced by those marked with stars* above. Data is still shared with customers:

Fine Artists
Advertising in Media
Industry Diversity**
Littering
Protest & Activism
Street Signage

 
** Temporary, 2016-2017 year only.

Benchmark Scoring

All indicators are scored from 0 to 5 to provide global comparisons across different cities.

Benchmark scoring distributes across a bell-like curve for 525 cities globally in 2016-2017 onwards.

Definitions

2thinknow defined these indicators in 2009, based on research process dating to 2005.

Definition and methods are currently improved annually. Analysts preparing the final 3 factors scores of the Innovation Cities™ Indexes have consulted substantially similar City Benchmarking Data Indicators data since 2009 (2008-2007 indexes based on a more subjective preliminary method).

2016-2017 has been the year of most significant changes since 2012-2013.

Data

All indicators contain quantitative and qualitative data that is sourced from 2thinknow data-set and over 5000 sources.

Rationale

For a detailed explanation of the rationale of the indicators, order this report.

Products

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