Innovation Cities™ Global Index 2010

Comprehensive ranking of cities in the global innovation economy.

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

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RANK CITY STATE COUNTRY REGION 2010 GRADE
1 Boston Massachusetts United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
2 Paris France EUROPE 1 NEXUS
3 Amsterdam Netherlands EUROPE 1 NEXUS
4 Vienna Austria EUROPE 1 NEXUS
5 New York New York United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
6 Frankfurt Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
7 San Francisco California United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
8 Copenhagen Denmark EUROPE 1 NEXUS
9 Lyon France EUROPE 1 NEXUS
10 Hamburg Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
11 Berlin Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
12 Toronto Canada AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
13 Stuttgart Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
14 London United Kingdom EUROPE 1 NEXUS
15 Munich Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
16 Milan Italy EUROPE 1 NEXUS
17 Stockholm Sweden EUROPE 1 NEXUS
18 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong ASIA 1 NEXUS
19 Melbourne VIC Australia ASIA 1 NEXUS
20 Tokyo Tokyo Japan ASIA 1 NEXUS
21 Rome Italy EUROPE 1 NEXUS
22 Kyoto Kyoto Japan ASIA 1 NEXUS
23 Washington DC District of Columbia United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
24 Shanghai Shanghai China ASIA 1 NEXUS
25 Düsseldorf Germany EUROPE 1 NEXUS
26 Barcelona Spain EUROPE 1 NEXUS
27 Seoul Korea, South ASIA 1 NEXUS
28 Sydney NSW Australia ASIA 1 NEXUS
29 Prague Czech Republic EUROPE 1 NEXUS
30 Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States AMERICAS 1 NEXUS
31 Singapore Singapore ASIA 2 HUB
32 Brussels Belgium EUROPE 2 HUB
33 Strasbourg France EUROPE 2 HUB
34 Montréal Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
35 Seattle Washington United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
36 Nantes France EUROPE 2 HUB
37 Helsinki Finland EUROPE 2 HUB
38 Marseille France EUROPE 2 HUB
39 Leipzig Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
40 Cologne Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
41 Toulouse France EUROPE 2 HUB
42 Karlsruhe Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
43 Bordeaux France EUROPE 2 HUB
44 Austin Texas United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
45 Minneapolis-St Paul Minnesota United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
46 Oslo Norway EUROPE 2 HUB
47 Chicago Illinois United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
48 Wellington New Zealand ASIA 2 HUB
49 Dresden Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
50 Tel Aviv Israel EUROPE 2 HUB
51 Auckland New Zealand ASIA 2 HUB
52 Fukuoka Fukuoka Japan ASIA 2 HUB
53 Beijing Beijing China ASIA 2 HUB
54 Geneva Switzerland EUROPE 2 HUB
55 The Hague Netherlands EUROPE 2 HUB
56 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates EMERGING 2 HUB
57 Montpellier France EUROPE 2 HUB
58 Manchester United Kingdom EUROPE 2 HUB
59 Zürich Switzerland EUROPE 2 HUB
60 Madrid Spain EUROPE 2 HUB
61 Budapest Hungary EUROPE 2 HUB
62 Nuremberg Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
63 Ann Arbor Michigan United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
64 Edinburgh United Kingdom EUROPE 2 HUB
65 Bonn Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
66 Aachen Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
67 Essen Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
68 Glasgow United Kingdom EUROPE 2 HUB
69 Los Angeles California United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
70 Rotterdam Netherlands EUROPE 2 HUB
71 Calgary Alberta Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
72 Raleigh-Durham North Carolina United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
73 Dortmund Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
74 Québec Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
75 Vancouver Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
76 Basel Switzerland EUROPE 2 HUB
77 Reims France EUROPE 2 HUB
78 Springfield Massachusetts United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
79 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
80 Linz Austria EUROPE 2 HUB
81 Torino Italy EUROPE 2 HUB
82 Portland Oregon United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
83 Antwerp Belgium EUROPE 2 HUB
84 St Petersburg Russia EUROPE 2 HUB
85 Hannover Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
86 Nice France EUROPE 2 HUB
87 Dallas-Fort Worth Texas United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
88 Kobe Hyogo Japan ASIA 2 HUB
89 Venice Italy EUROPE 2 HUB
90 Denver Colorado United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
91 Kiel Germany EUROPE 2 HUB
92 Baltimore Maryland United States AMERICAS 2 HUB
93 Osaka Osaka Japan ASIA 2 HUB
94 São Paulo Brazil AMERICAS 2 HUB
95 Edmonton Canada AMERICAS 2 HUB
96 Belgrade Serbia EUROPE 3 NODE
97 Moscow Russia EUROPE 3 NODE
98 Buenos Aires Argentina AMERICAS 3 NODE
99 Dubai United Arab Emirates EMERGING 3 NODE
100 Atlanta Georgia United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Berkeley California United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Buffalo New York United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Cannes France EUROPE 3 NODE
Cardiff United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Cleveland Ohio United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Colorado Springs Colorado United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Detroit Michigan United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
East Riding of Yorkshire United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Florence Italy EUROPE 3 NODE
Gent Belgium EUROPE 3 NODE
Graz Austria EUROPE 3 NODE
Houston Texas United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Kansas City Kansas United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Milwaukee Wisconsin United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Modena Italy EUROPE 3 NODE
Nashville Tennessee United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Newark New Jersey United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Padova Italy EUROPE 3 NODE
Providence Rhode Island United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Rochester New York United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Sacramento California United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
San Antonio Texas United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Solingen Germany EUROPE 3 NODE
St Louis Missouri United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Verona Italy EUROPE 3 NODE
Adelaide SA Australia ASIA 3 NODE
Bangalore Karnataka India ASIA 3 NODE
Belfast United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Bern Switzerland EUROPE 3 NODE
Bilbao Spain EUROPE 3 NODE
Boise Idaho United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Bologna Italy EUROPE 3 NODE
Boulder Colorado United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Brisbane QLD Australia ASIA 3 NODE
Bristol United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Canberra ACT Australia ASIA 3 NODE
Charleston South Carolina United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Charlotte North Carolina United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Charlottesville Virginia United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Christchurch New Zealand ASIA 3 NODE
Cincinnati Ohio United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Columbus Ohio United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Coventry United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Curitiba Brazil AMERICAS 3 NODE
Delhi Delhi India ASIA 3 NODE
Des Moines Iowa United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Fresno California United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Gdansk Poland EUROPE 3 NODE
Gothenburg Sweden EUROPE 3 NODE
Hartford Connecticut United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Istanbul Turkey EUROPE 3 NODE
Jerusalem Israel EUROPE 3 NODE
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia ASIA 3 NODE
Las Vegas Nevada United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Leeds United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Liège Belgium EUROPE 3 NODE
Lisbon Portugal EUROPE 3 NODE
Liverpool United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Lucerne Switzerland EUROPE 3 NODE
Luxembourg Luxembourg EUROPE 3 NODE
Madison Wisconsin United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Manchester New Hampshire United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Memphis Tennessee United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Mumbai Maharashtra India ASIA 3 NODE
Nagasaki Nagasaki Japan ASIA 3 NODE
Nagoya Aichi Japan ASIA 3 NODE
Nanjing Jiangsu China ASIA 3 NODE
Oklahoma City Oklahoma United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Oporto Portugal EUROPE 3 NODE
Orlando Florida United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Perth WA Australia ASIA 3 NODE
Phoenix Arizona United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Richmond Virginia United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Riverside California United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Rochester Minnesota United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Salt Lake City Utah United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Salzburg Austria EUROPE 3 NODE
San Diego California United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Sapporo Hokkaido Japan ASIA 3 NODE
Savannah Georgia United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Shenzhen Guangdong China ASIA 3 NODE
Syracuse New York United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Tallahassee Florida United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Utrecht Netherlands EUROPE 3 NODE
Warsaw Poland EUROPE 3 NODE
Yokohama Kanagawa Japan ASIA 3 NODE
Albuquerque New Mexico United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Athens Greece EUROPE 3 NODE
Augusta Georgia United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Ballarat VIC Australia ASIA 3 NODE
Bath & NE Somerset United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Bendigo VIC Australia ASIA 3 NODE
Birmingham Alabama United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Bozeman Montana United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Bridgeport Connecticut United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Bucharest Romania EUROPE 3 NODE
Burbank California United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Cape Town South Africa EMERGING 3 NODE
Cedar Rapids Iowa United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Chattanooga United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Dongguan Guangdong China ASIA 3 NODE
Dublin Ireland EUROPE 3 NODE
Fort Lauderdale Florida United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Geelong VIC Australia ASIA 3 NODE
Gold Coast QLD Australia ASIA 3 NODE
Grand Rapids Michigan United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Green Bay Wisconsin United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Guangzhou Guangdong China ASIA 3 NODE
Honolulu Hawaii United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Indianapolis Indiana United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Jacksonville Florida United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Jeddah Saudi Arabia EMERGING 3 NODE
Lexington Kentucky United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Ljubljana Slovenia EUROPE 3 NODE
London Canada AMERICAS 3 NODE
Louisville Kentucky United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Mexico City Mexico AMERICAS 3 NODE
Miami Florida United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
New Orleans Louisiana United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Oakland California United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Omaha Nebraska United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Ottawa Canada AMERICAS 3 NODE
Parma Italy EUROPE 3 NODE
Queenstown New Zealand ASIA 3 NODE
Reno Nevada United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Rio De Janeiro Brazil AMERICAS 3 NODE
Sheffield United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Springfield Illinois United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Springfield Missouri United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Suzhou Jiangsu China ASIA 3 NODE
Taipei Taiwan ASIA 3 NODE
Tallinn Estonia EUROPE 3 NODE
Tampa Florida United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Toledo Ohio United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Trieste Italy EUROPE 3 NODE
Tucson Arizona United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Tulsa Oklahoma United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Winnipeg Canada AMERICAS 3 NODE
Zagreb Croatia EUROPE 3 NODE
Bangkok Thailand ASIA 3 NODE
Birmingham United Kingdom EUROPE 3 NODE
Bratislava Slovakia EUROPE 3 NODE
Chennai Chennai India ASIA 3 NODE
Halifax Canada AMERICAS 3 NODE
Hamilton Canada AMERICAS 3 NODE
Hyderabad Hyderabad India ASIA 3 NODE
Katowice Poland EUROPE 3 NODE
Kitchener Canada AMERICAS 3 NODE
Kraków Poland EUROPE 3 NODE
Little Rock Arkansas United States AMERICAS 3 NODE
Macau Macau China ASIA 3 NODE
Madurai Tamil Nadu India ASIA 3 NODE
Málaga Spain EUROPE 3 NODE
Pamplona Spain EUROPE 3 NODE
Seville Spain EUROPE 3 NODE
Sofia Bulgaria EUROPE 3 NODE
Valencia Spain EUROPE 3 NODE
Casablanca Morocco EMERGING 4 INFLUENCER
Doha Qatar EMERGING 4 INFLUENCER
Dubrovnik Croatia EUROPE 4 INFLUENCER
Granada Spain EUROPE 4 INFLUENCER
Hobart TAS Australia ASIA 4 INFLUENCER
Kosice Slovakia EUROPE 4 INFLUENCER
Kuwait City Kuwait EMERGING 4 INFLUENCER
Manila Philippines ASIA 4 INFLUENCER
Qingdao China ASIA 4 INFLUENCER
RIGA Latvia EUROPE 4 INFLUENCER
Riyadh Saudi Arabia EMERGING 4 INFLUENCER
Vilnius Lithuania EUROPE 4 INFLUENCER
Xiamen China ASIA 4 INFLUENCER
Kiev Ukraine EMERGING 4 INFLUENCER
Kolkata West Bengal India ASIA 4 INFLUENCER
Manama Bahrain EMERGING 4 INFLUENCER
Reykjavik Iceland EUROPE 4 INFLUENCER
Timisoara Romania EUROPE 4 INFLUENCER
Ahmedabad India ASIA 4 INFLUENCER
Johannesburg South Africa EMERGING 4 INFLUENCER
Montevideo Uruguay AMERICAS 5 UPSTART
Santiago Chile AMERICAS 5 UPSTART
Bogotá Colombia AMERICAS 5 UPSTART
Minsk Belarus EMERGING 5 UPSTART
Tirana Albania EUROPE 5 UPSTART
Dakar Senegal EMERGING
Jakarta Indonesia ASIA
Port Louis Mauritius EMERGING
San Juan Puerto Rico AMERICAS
Skopje Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of EUROPE
Dar es Salaam Tanzania EMERGING
Nairobi Kenya EMERGING

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

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.

Please note the full list above is classified (Node, Influencer, Upstart) not rankedbelow 100. A node ranking is considered globally competitive. More discussion and questions answered in this FAQ.

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

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