The Global Urban Competitiveness Report – 2011

The Global Urban Competitiveness Report – 2011

Pengfei Ni

the competitiveness of 500 cities around the world. This one-of-a-kind annual resource draws on a wealth of data sources, all of which are described and assessed. Using a sophisticated methodology and a team of 100 researchers from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the book not only ranks these cities but also presents a treasury of information with regard to the strengths and weaknesses of each city in relation to each other. The book includes a full discussion of the factors that create urban competitiveness and what sorts or categories of cities are most competitive, and comments on the policies and initiatives that are adopted by the most competitive cities.

Chapter 4: Urban Competitiveness

Pengfei Ni

Subjects: economics and finance, public sector economics, urban economics, urban and regional studies, urban economics


analyses of sub-regions and key countries NORTH AMERICA: THE UNITED STATES, CANADA AND MEXICO Comprehensive Competitiveness of North American Cities: The US Maintains Absolute Advantage, and North American Cities Occupy Global Top Positions In the 2011 annual ranking, the top 10 cities in terms of comprehensive competitiveness in the 107 North American sample cities are New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Houston, Seattle, San Diego, Boston and Miami, all of which are located in the United States, indicating its absolute advantage in comprehensive competitiveness among North American cities. All these 10 cities are among the global top 20 by comprehensive competitiveness, with New York ranking the first place in the world. General comprehensive competitiveness of North American cities is among the top and upper middle level of the world ranking. Among the top 100 global competitive cities, 44 are in North America, with 38 in the United States, 5 in Canada and 1 in Mexico. Among the global top 200, 79 are in North America. Compared with the 2010 annual report, the top 10 North American cities by comprehensive competitiveness remain mostly the same, among which Houston has improved its ranking rapidly, from the 18th in 2005 to 12th in 2007. The top 10 cities in terms of ranking improvement are Saskatoon, Kingston, Tulsa, Fort Worth, Wichita, Tucson, Corpus Christi, Edmonton, Oklahoma City and Jacksonville, among which 7 are in the United States, 2 in Canada and 1 in Jamaica. These cities have improved their global ranking by...

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