Innovation Cities™ Americas Index 2010

Comprehensive ranking of cities in the global innovation economy, across the Americas.

2010- INDEXES > TOP 100 | AMERICAS | EUROPE | ASIA | EMERGING | GLOBAL + NATION STATS | ALL YEARS

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RANK CITY STATE COUNTRY GLOBAL RANK 2010 GRADE
1 Boston Massachusetts United States 1 1 NEXUS
2 New York New York United States 5 1 NEXUS
3 San Francisco California United States 7 1 NEXUS
4 Toronto Canada 12 1 NEXUS
5 Washington DC District of Columbia United States 23 1 NEXUS
6 Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States 30 1 NEXUS
7 Montréal Canada 34 2 HUB
8 Seattle Washington United States 35 2 HUB
9 Austin Texas United States 44 2 HUB
10 Minneapolis-St Paul Minnesota United States 45 2 HUB
11 Chicago Illinois United States 47 2 HUB
12 Ann Arbor Michigan United States 63 2 HUB
13 Los Angeles California United States 69 2 HUB
14 Calgary Alberta Canada 71 2 HUB
15 Raleigh-Durham North Carolina United States 72 2 HUB
16 Québec Canada 74 2 HUB
17 Vancouver Canada 75 2 HUB
18 Springfield Massachusetts United States 78 2 HUB
19 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States 79 2 HUB
20 Portland Oregon United States 82 2 HUB
21 Dallas-Fort Worth Texas United States 87 2 HUB
22 Denver Colorado United States 90 2 HUB
23 Baltimore Maryland United States 92 2 HUB
24 São Paulo Brazil 94 2 HUB
25 Edmonton Canada 95 2 HUB
26 Buenos Aires Argentina 98 3 NODE
27 Atlanta Georgia United States 100 3 NODE
Berkeley California United States 3 NODE
Cleveland Ohio United States 3 NODE
Houston Texas United States 3 NODE
Kansas City Kansas United States 3 NODE
Detroit Michigan United States 3 NODE
Colorado Springs Colorado United States 3 NODE
Milwaukee Wisconsin United States 3 NODE
Nashville Tennessee United States 3 NODE
Providence Rhode Island United States 3 NODE
Buffalo New York United States 3 NODE
Newark New Jersey United States 3 NODE
Sacramento California United States 3 NODE
Rochester New York United States 3 NODE
San Antonio Texas United States 3 NODE
St Louis Missouri United States 3 NODE
Orlando Florida United States 3 NODE
Curitiba Brazil 3 NODE
Boise Idaho United States 3 NODE
Des Moines Iowa United States 3 NODE
Boulder Colorado United States 3 NODE
Charleston South Carolina United States 3 NODE
Charlotte North Carolina United States 3 NODE
Charlottesville Virginia United States 3 NODE
Cincinnati Ohio United States 3 NODE
Columbus Ohio United States 3 NODE
Memphis Tennessee United States 3 NODE
Fresno California United States 3 NODE
Hartford Connecticut United States 3 NODE
Madison Wisconsin United States 3 NODE
Manchester New Hampshire United States 3 NODE
Oklahoma City Oklahoma United States 3 NODE
Phoenix Arizona United States 3 NODE
Richmond Virginia United States 3 NODE
Salt Lake City Utah United States 3 NODE
Riverside California United States 3 NODE
Rochester Minnesota United States 3 NODE
Las Vegas Nevada United States 3 NODE
San Diego California United States 3 NODE
Savannah Georgia United States 3 NODE
Syracuse New York United States 3 NODE
Tallahassee Florida United States 3 NODE
Albuquerque New Mexico United States 3 NODE
Augusta Georgia United States 3 NODE
Birmingham Alabama United States 3 NODE
Bozeman Montana United States 3 NODE
Bridgeport Connecticut United States 3 NODE
Burbank California United States 3 NODE
Cedar Rapids Iowa United States 3 NODE
Chattanooga United States 3 NODE
Fort Lauderdale Florida United States 3 NODE
Grand Rapids Michigan United States 3 NODE
Green Bay Wisconsin United States 3 NODE
Honolulu Hawaii United States 3 NODE
Indianapolis Indiana United States 3 NODE
Jacksonville Florida United States 3 NODE
Lexington Kentucky United States 3 NODE
London Canada 3 NODE
Louisville Kentucky United States 3 NODE
Mexico City Mexico 3 NODE
Miami Florida United States 3 NODE
New Orleans Louisiana United States 3 NODE
Oakland California United States 3 NODE
Omaha Nebraska United States 3 NODE
Ottawa Canada 3 NODE
Reno Nevada United States 3 NODE
Rio De Janeiro Brazil 3 NODE
Springfield Illinois United States 3 NODE
Springfield Missouri United States 3 NODE
Tampa Florida United States 3 NODE
Toledo Ohio United States 3 NODE
Tucson Arizona United States 3 NODE
Tulsa Oklahoma United States 3 NODE
Winnipeg Canada 3 NODE
Halifax Canada 3 NODE
Hamilton Canada 3 NODE
Kitchener Canada 3 NODE
Little Rock Arkansas United States 3 NODE
Montevideo Uruguay 5 UPSTART
Santiago Chile 5 UPSTART
Bogotá Colombia 5 UPSTART
San Juan Puerto Rico

Key to index.

All cities are graded into award categories based on their index score. In descending order of importance to the innovation economy:

NEXUS: Critical nexus for innovation across economic and social segments

HUB: Dominance or influence on key economic and social segments given current trends

NODE: Broad performance across many segments, some imbalances

INFLUENCER: Competitive in some segments, imbalanced

UPSTART: Potential steps towards future performance in a few segments (new in 2010)

Regions are defined as follows:

AMERICAS: North and South America

EUROPE: The U.N. defined Europe with European union, Western Russia, Israel and Turkish cities

ASIA: Asia and Oceania (Australia/NZ)

EMERGING: Mid-East, Africa and Caucasus states

In regional indexes, the top cities scored are ranked. In America, this is the top 27. The others are not ranked. We plan to release separate U.S.A and Canada indexes soon.

Full details

Order current detailed City Benchmarking Data for each city to measure and compare.

Read the analyst city report to understand how to build urban innovation economies.

Methodology in brief:

The Index is the most comprehensive city ranking  and scoring. Each city was selected from 1,540 cities based on basic factors of health, wealth, population, geography. The selected 289 cities had data extracted the city benchmarking data program on 162 indicators.  Each of the benchmarking data were scored by analysts using a vast variety of web and print sources. Where data was unavailable, national or state estimates were used.

Data was then trend weighted against 21 global trends (from a summary of key trend thinkers from Oxford, Harvard and elsewhere.)  And the final index had a zeitgeist (market confidence) factor added, and was competitively graded into 5 bands with the top 100 cities ranked.

The 4 regional indexes for Americas, Europe, Asia and Emerging are derived from the global index.

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About 2thinknow Innovation Cities™ Program:

Based in Melbourne Australia, 2thinknow are a small innovation agency that have since 2006  designed revolutionary models to measure and deliver innovation to cities, business and other clients globally. 2thinknow delivery focus is the Innovation Cities Program to provide powerful tools for creating an innovation economy. This includes the city benchmarking data, recently launched local innovation forum events,  analyst reports such as the flagship Innovation Cities™ Analysis Report. 2thinknow work with select clients through consulting, reports and workshops.

2thinknow have published the Innovation Cities Indexes city rankings free online since 2007, when they started with 22 cities from a data-set of 95 cities.

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