Innovation Cities Top 100 Index 2011: City Rankings

Top 100 cities - city rankings for the global innovation economyTop 100 world cities for an innovation economy in 2011.

The world’s largest city classification and ranking with 331 benchmark cities classified, and top 125 cities ranked in 2011, of which the top 100 are listed below. Based on 2thinknow analysis of cities in what our analysts term the ‘global innovation economy’. Annual since 2007.

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GLOBAL RANK CITY STATE COUNTRY CLASSIFICATION BAND SCORE
1 Boston Massachusetts United States 1 NEXUS 29
2 San Francisco Bay Area California United States 1 NEXUS 29
3 Paris France 1 NEXUS 29
4 New York New York United States 1 NEXUS 29
5 Vienna Austria 1 NEXUS 28
6 Amsterdam Netherlands 1 NEXUS 28
7 Munich Germany 1 NEXUS 28
8 Lyon France 1 NEXUS 27
9 Copenhagen Denmark 1 NEXUS 27
10 Toronto Canada 1 NEXUS 27
11 London United Kingdom 1 NEXUS 27
12 Frankfurt Germany 1 NEXUS 27
13 Hamburg Germany 1 NEXUS 27
14 Berlin Germany 1 NEXUS 26
15 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong 1 NEXUS 26
16 Milan Italy 1 NEXUS 26
17 Melbourne VIC Australia 1 NEXUS 26
18 Stuttgart Germany 1 NEXUS 26
19 Barcelona Spain 1 NEXUS 25
20 Sydney NSW Australia 1 NEXUS 25
21 Stockholm Sweden 1 NEXUS 25
22 Tokyo Tokyo Japan 1 NEXUS 25
23 Rome Italy 1 NEXUS 25
24 Shanghai Shanghai China 1 NEXUS 25
25 Seattle Washington United States 1 NEXUS 25
26 Singapore Singapore 1 NEXUS 25
27 Strasbourg France 1 NEXUS 25
28 Seoul Korea, South 1 NEXUS 25
29 Los Angeles California United States 1 NEXUS 25
30 Kyoto Kyoto Japan 1 NEXUS 25
31 Montréal Canada 1 NEXUS 25
32 Manchester United Kingdom 1 NEXUS 25
33 Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States 1 NEXUS 25
34 Chicago Illinois United States 2 HUB 25
35 Washington DC District of Columbia United States 2 HUB 25
36 Düsseldorf Germany 2 HUB 25
37 Nantes France 2 HUB 24
38 Brussels Belgium 2 HUB 24
39 Marseille France 2 HUB 24
40 Oslo Norway 2 HUB 24
41 Bordeaux France 2 HUB 24
42 Helsinki Finland 2 HUB 24
43 Prague Czech Republic 2 HUB 24
44 Toulouse France 2 HUB 24
45 Cologne Germany 2 HUB 24
46 Tel Aviv Israel 2 HUB 24
47 Budapest Hungary 2 HUB 24
48 Osaka Osaka Japan 2 HUB 24
49 Vancouver Canada 2 HUB 24
50 Leipzig Germany 2 HUB 24
51 Austin Texas United States 2 HUB 24
52 Madrid Spain 2 HUB 24
53 Beijing Beijing China 2 HUB 24
54 Denver Colorado United States 2 HUB 24
55 Minneapolis-St Paul Minnesota United States 2 HUB 24
56 Orlando Florida United States 2 HUB 24
57 Hannover Germany 2 HUB 24
58 Dresden Germany 2 HUB 24
59 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 2 HUB 23
60 Portland Oregon United States 2 HUB 23
61 Wellington New Zealand 2 HUB 23
62 The Hague Netherlands 2 HUB 23
63 Montpellier France 2 HUB 23
64 Karlsruhe Germany 2 HUB 23
65 Edinburgh United Kingdom 2 HUB 23
66 Fukuoka Fukoaka Japan 2 HUB 23
67 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2 HUB 23
68 Aachen Germany 2 HUB 23
69 Geneva Switzerland 2 HUB 23
70 Auckland New Zealand 2 HUB 23
71 Zürich Switzerland 2 HUB 23
72 Ann Arbor Michigan United States 2 HUB 23
73 Raleigh-Durham North Carolina United States 2 HUB 23
74 Glasgow United Kingdom 2 HUB 23
75 Nuremberg Germany 2 HUB 23
76 Dallas-Fort Worth Texas United States 2 HUB 23
77 Essen Germany 2 HUB 23
78 Rotterdam Netherlands 2 HUB 23
79 Québec Canada 2 HUB 23
80 Torino Italy 2 HUB 23
81 Calgary Alberta Canada 2 HUB 23
82 Bilbao Spain 2 HUB 23
83 Dortmund Germany 2 HUB 23
84 Antwerp Belgium 2 HUB 23
85 Kobe Hyogo Japan 2 HUB 23
86 Linz Austria 2 HUB 23
87 Houston Texas United States 2 HUB 23
88 Bonn Germany 2 HUB 23
89 Istanbul Turkey 2 HUB 23
90 Venice Italy 2 HUB 23
91 Dubai United Arab Emirates 2 HUB 23
92 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States 2 HUB 23
93 Shenzhen Guangdong China 2 HUB 23
94 Jacksonville Florida United States 2 HUB 23
95 Baltimore Maryland United States 2 HUB 23
96 Reims France 2 HUB 23
97 Atlanta Georgia United States 2 HUB 23
98 Tallahassee Florida United States 2 HUB 23
99 San Diego California United States 2 HUB 23
100 Taipei Taiwan 2 HUB 23

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 multiple economic and social innovation segments

HUB: Dominance or influence on key economic and social innovation segments , based on global trends

NODE: Broad performance across many innovation segments, with key imbalances

INFLUENCER: Competitive in some segments, potential or imbalanced

UPSTART: Potential steps towards relative future performance in a few innovation segments

Regions are defined as follows:

AMERICAS: North and South America

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

ASIA: Asia and Oceania (Australia/NZ)

EMERGING: Mid-East, Africa, Turkey and Caucasus states

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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 331 cities had data extracted the city benchmarking data program on 162 indicators. Each of the benchmarking data were scored by analysts using best available qualitative analysis and quantitative statistics (see City Benchmarking Data to purchase city data). Where data was unavailable, national or state estimates were used.

Data was then trend balanced against 21 global trends, by analysts.For the final index had a zeitgeist (analyst confidence) factor added, and score reduced to a 3 factor score for Cultural Assets, Human Infrastructure and Networked Markets. For city Classification, these scores were competitively graded into 5 bands (Nexus, Hub, Node, Influencer, Upstart)

The top 33% of Nexus and Hub ( and selected Node cities of future interest)  final graded scores were ranked by analysts based on trends over 2-5 years. From this global Index, 4 regional indexes for Americas, Europe, Asia and Emerging are also produced.

Please note the full list above is classified (Node, Influencer, Upstart) not ranked except wher a rank is noted. Rankings are just for general information. A node ranking is considered globally competitive. More discussion and questions answered in this FAQ.

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About 2thinknow Innovation Cities™ Program:

Based in Melbourne Australia, 2thinknow are the world’s first innovation agency. Established 2006 we have  designed original  models to measure and deliver innovation to cities, business seeking new markets and growth, and NGO/government clients.

2thinknow Innovation Cities Program to provide powerful tools for creating an innovation economy. This includes the city benchmarking data details on cities by segment globally, recently launched local innovation forum events, analyst reports such as the flagship Innovation Cities™ Analysis Report

In 2011, in the Innovation Course, we are teaching our clients new innovation methods and practices. 2thinknow work with other clients through innovation consulting, analyst reports, projects  and innovation services, as well as a number of online resources and groups.

Since 2009, 2thinknow as world’s first innovation agency have classified cities for broad-based innovation. 2thinknow have published the Innovation Cities Indexes city rankings free online since 2007, when they started with a very small 22 cities.

This is now 331 cities in the 2011 year, and is the world’s largest and most diverse city ranking.

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