How we rank the best cities

Resonance Consultancy scores the world’s best cities based on the six metrics below.

How We Define The Categories

The ranking evaluates each qualifying city across the six pillars of place equity: Place, Product, Programming, People, Prosperity, and Promotion. The performance of the Top 100 cities in this report is summarized in radar charts. Each hexagon in a radar chart represents a category of a city’s competitive identity.

PlacePlace

The perceived quality of a city’s natural and built environment, including the sub-categories of Air Quality, Weather, Crime Rate, Neighborhoods & Landmarks, and Parks & Outdoor Activities.

ProductProduct

A city’s key institutions, attractions and infrastructure, including the sub-categories of University Rankings, Airport Connectivity, Convention Center, Entertainment, and Museums.

ProgrammingProgramming

The arts, culture, entertainment and culinary scene in a city, including the sub-categories of Shopping, Culture, Culinary, and Nightlife.

PeoplePeople

The immigration rate and diversity of a city, including the sub-categories of Education and Foreign-born Residents.

ProsperityProsperity

A city’s employment and corporate head offices, including the sub-categories of Unemployment, GDP per capita, and Global 500 companies.

PromotionPromotion

The quantity of stories, references and recommendations shared online about a city, including the sub-categories of Google search results, Google Trends, Facebook Check-ins, and TripAdvisor reviews.