The Global Urban Competitiveness Report – 2011
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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.
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Chapter 1: Annual Ranking

Pengfei Ni


There are three sets of results for the analysis that was made in accordance with the methodology that was developed in this year’s Global Urban Competitive Index. The first is the Urban Comprehensive Competitiveness Index Ranking for the 500 cities – presented in this chapter. The second is the Global Urban Input Factor Competitiveness for the 500 cities, and the third is the Global Urban Industrial Chain Competitiveness for the 500 cities. Owing to its considerable length, the second and the third datasets are available to the reader in Chapter 8 or on the following website: Table 1.1 Global Urban Comprehensive Competitiveness Index Ranking (GUCI) 2011 Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 City New York London Tokyo Paris Chicago San Francisco Los Angeles Singapore Seoul Hong Kong Washington Houston Seattle Geneva Dublin Stockholm San Diego Boston Miami San Jose Yokohama Zurich Toronto Osaka Brussels Country/region USA United Kingdom Japan France USA USA USA Singapore Korea China USA USA USA Switzerland Ireland Sweden USA USA USA USA Japan Switzerland Canada Japan Belgium 2011 Score 1.000 0.957 0.919 0.815 0.798 0.791 0.780 0.756 0.744 0.741 0.737 0.723 0.720 0.711 0.709 0.705 0.703 0.700 0.693 0.691 0.684 0.677 0.676 0.675 0.674 2010 Score 0.970 0.844 0.961 0.761 0.709 0.729 0.753 0.688 0.685 0.678 0.706 0.642 0.644 0.659 0.675 0.671 0.640 0.669 0.642 0.615 0.620 0.620 0.627 0.648 0.638 2010 Rank 1 3 2...

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