Chapter 4: Urban Competitiveness
4. Urban competitiveness 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...
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