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Most economically influential cities in the world, 2020

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Sorry, New York: London is the most economically influential city in the world for 2020, with an overall score of 85.49. New York is a reasonably close second, with 83.49 points, Tokyo, which has the world’s largest metro economy, is third with 82.59 points.

Paris is fourth with 81.65 points, narrowly besting Singapore, which has 80.66. Berlin, Shanghai, Brussels, New Delhi, and Toronto round out the top ten. The remainder of the top 20 include Washington DC (11th); Sydney (12th); Sao Paulo (18th); four European cities, Moscow (13th), Zurich (17th), Amsterdam (19th), and Istanbul (20th); and three Asian cities Dubai (14th), Riyadh (15th), and Tel Aviv (16th).

In order to provide an objective analysis of the competitiveness of major urban centers, CEOWORLD magazine has produced its “Cities Of Economic Influence Index,” competitive in everything from finance, fashion, music, and movies, to now even start-ups and high tech. The newest ranking of most economically powerful cities the world put together by the CEOWORLD magazine experts finds London to be the clear winner. Cities Of Economic Influence Index is based on five core indices:
1. Economic Power (overall economic activity)
2. Financial Clout (strength of a city’s finance and banking industries)
3. People and Political (political and demographic influence)
4. Quality of Life (productivity, infrastructure, quality of life, equity and social inclusion and environmental sustainability)
5. Competitiveness (business activity, human capital, cultural experience, and political engagement)

We calculate a city’s total score across these five indices, the table below shows the world’s 1000 most economically influential cities on our combined Cities Of Economic Influence Index. Interestingly, the top 100 cities generate roughly half of the globe’s total economic output and the top twenty-five accounts for more than 30 percent of global economic production. So which city came out on top?

Most economically influential cities in the world, 2020

Rank City Country Economic Power Financial Clout People and Politica Quality of Life Competitiveness Total
1 London UK 85.97 98.53 99.06 71.78 72.15 85.498
2 New York US 85.7 98.39 98.13 68.04 67.22 83.496
3 Tokyo Japan 85.65 98.28 96.75 67.16 65.15 82.598
4 Paris France 85.33 95.71 96.53 66.39 64.32 81.656
5 Singapore Singapore 85.31 95.26 96.15 66.06 60.53 80.662
6 Berlin Germany 85.24 94.87 94.4 65.27 59.76 79.908
7 Shanghai China 84.4 93.85 93.69 64.14 59.76 79.168
8 Brussels Belgium 84.28 91.58 92.08 63.2 57.77 77.782
9 New Delhi India 84.13 90.95 91.26 61.3 57.65 77.058
10 Toronto Canada 84.09 90.86 91.23 60.97 57.38 76.906
11 Washington DC US 84.01 89.96 90.68 60.66 56.31 76.324
12 Moscow Russia 83.46 89.43 90.3 60.25 56.29 75.946
13 Sydney Australia 82.8 88.38 89.67 59.85 56.2 75.38
14 Dubai United Arab Emirates 82.77 87.35 89.11 59.65 55.98 74.972
15 Riyadh Saudi Arabia 82.23 87.08 88.73 58.8 55.89 74.546
16 Tel Aviv Israel 81.84 87 88.52 58.59 55.73 74.336
17 Zurich Switzerland 81.6 86.49 88.23 58.37 55.46 74.03
18 Sao Paulo Brazil 81.24 85.32 87.76 58.1 55.37 73.558
19 Amsterdam Netherlands 81.14 84.27 87.64 57.96 55.31 73.264
20 Istanbul Turkey 81 83.8 87.62 57.3 55.19 72.982
21 Jakarta Indonesia 80.01 83.69 86.85 57.12 54.95 72.524
22 St Petersburg Russia 79.05 83.66 86.6 56.55 54.92 72.156
23 Buenos Aires Argentina 78.18 82.71 86.38 56.49 54.69 71.69
24 Cairo Egypt 77.94 81.52 86.02 55.97 54.63 71.216
25 Cape Town South Africa 77.78 81.27 85.08 55.55 53.99 70.734
26 Oslo Norway 77.72 81.01 84.96 55.05 53.74 70.496
27 Copenhagen Denmark 77.56 79.16 84.75 55.04 53.59 70.02
28 Rome Italy 77.1 78.99 84.64 55 53.55 69.856
29 Los Angeles US 76.43 78.83 84.43 54.87 53.41 69.594
30 Luxembourg Luxembourg 76.33 78.79 83.79 54.6 53.28 69.358
31 Mexico City Mexico 76.32 78.74 83.39 54.53 53.25 69.246
32 Hong Kong Hong Kong 75.34 78.66 83.39 53.53 53.13 68.81
33 San Jose US 75.19 78.27 83.26 53.26 53 68.596
34 Houston US 74.98 78.16 83.04 53.01 52.83 68.404
35 Milan Italy 74.89 77.74 82.95 52.65 52.52 68.15
36 Chicago US 74.83 77.53 82.87 52.41 52.5 68.028
37 Munich Germany 74.76 76.74 82.8 52.03 52.4 67.746
38 Seoul South Korea 74.61 76.6 82.69 51.77 52.35 67.604
39 Beijing China 74.6 76.41 82.48 51.41 52.24 67.428
40 Madrid Spain 74.33 76.38 82.38 51.03 51.85 67.194
41 Prague Czech Republic 74.19 75.32 82.34 50.95 51.8 66.92
42 Melbourne Australia 74.17 75.02 82.24 50.63 51.7 66.752
43 Boston US 74.14 74.21 82.06 50.43 51.61 66.49
44 Mumbai India 73.98 73.07 81.93 50.36 51.41 66.15
45 Bengaluru India 73.91 72.44 81.82 49.85 51.34 65.872
46 Taipei Taiwan 73.58 72.2 81.46 49.67 50.88 65.558
47 Stockholm Sweden 73.51 71.98 81.08 49.67 50.73 65.394
48 Manchester UK 73.49 71.75 80.96 49.63 50.59 65.284
49 Vienna Austria 73.47 71.62 80.83 49.04 50.39 65.07
50 Hyderabad India 73.35 71.15 80.78 48.53 50.28 64.818
51 Dublin Ireland 73.33 70.94 80.68 48.4 50.13 64.696
52 Frankfurt Germany 73.3 70.82 80.11 47.96 50.04 64.446
53 Hamburg Germany 73.11 70.8 79.69 47.73 49.97 64.26
54 Warsaw Poland 73.09 70.28 79.54 47.03 49.9 63.968
55 Tianjin China 73.06 69.88 79.46 46.58 49.87 63.77
56 San Diego US 72.84 69.69 79.39 46.22 49.64 63.556
57 Atlanta US 72.53 69.59 79.08 46.04 49.6 63.368
58 Barcelona Spain 72.45 69.25 78.86 45.98 49.25 63.158
59 Lisbon Portugal 72.4 68.67 78.86 45.54 49.17 62.928
60 Budapest Hungary 72.39 68.6 78.77 45.41 49.15 62.864
61 Geneva Switzerland 72.16 68.51 78.72 45.38 48.96 62.746
62 Helsinki Finland 72.11 68.26 78.49 45.31 48.94 62.622
63 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 72.1 68.01 77.95 45.27 48.93 62.452
64 San Francisco US 72.09 67.91 77.94 44.91 48.92 62.354
65 Vancouver Canada 71.59 67.74 77.75 44.35 48.86 62.058
66 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 71.39 67.14 77.55 43.87 48.84 61.758
67 Osaka-Kobe Japan 71.34 67.09 77.42 43.84 48.71 61.68
68 Athens Greece 71.19 67.07 77.35 43.83 48.66 61.62
69 Ankara Turkey 71.09 66.9 77.28 43.33 48.62 61.444
70 Chennai India 70.45 66.21 77.22 42.77 48.58 61.046
71 Dallas–Fort Worth US 70.09 65.91 77.16 42.39 48.54 60.818
72 Montreal Canada 69.4 65.9 76.77 42.03 48.15 60.45
73 Miami US 68.82 65.47 76.77 41.68 48.14 60.176
74 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 68.7 65.25 76.76 41.05 48.1 59.972
75 Johannesburg South Africa 68.65 65.23 76.56 41.01 48.05 59.9
76 Doha Qatar 68.23 65.01 76.46 40.87 47.27 59.568
77 Birmingham UK 68.06 64.85 76.46 40.87 47.14 59.476
78 Philadelphia US 67.83 64.83 76.32 40.46 47.02 59.292
79 Busan South Korea 67.6 64.81 75.66 40 46.74 58.962
80 Bangkok Thailand 66.82 64.42 75.52 39.58 46.67 58.602
81 Auckland New Zealand 66.43 64.34 75.49 39.24 46.57 58.414
82 Kyiv Ukraine 65.69 63.62 75.45 37.58 46.54 57.776
83 Hanoi Vietnam 65.47 63.5 75.11 36.59 46.21 57.376
84 Amman Jordan 65.44 63.34 74.89 36.48 46.15 57.26
85 Beirut Lebanon 65.22 63.28 74.8 36.46 46.03 57.158
86 Manila Philippines 64.8 63.06 74.79 35.96 45.96 56.914
87 Tehran Iran 64.11 62.95 74.13 35.86 45.86 56.582
88 Bucharest Romania 64.06 62.72 74.11 35.42 45.84 56.43
89 Muscat Oman 63.82 62.65 73.66 35.29 45.42 56.168
90 Sofia Bulgaria 63.81 62.62 73.59 34.72 45.39 56.026
91 Dhaka Bangladesh 63.64 62.43 73.21 34.68 45.29 55.85
92 Almaty Kazakhstan 63.45 62 73.16 32.56 45.28 55.29
93 Belgrade Serbia 63.39 61.88 73.08 32.43 45.23 55.202
94 Islamabad Pakistan (Islamic Republic of) 63.38 61.73 73.05 32.25 44.85 55.052
95 Baku Azerbaijan 63.27 61.48 72.95 32.21 44.75 54.932
96 Nairobi Kenya 63.11 61.39 72.74 31.38 44.62 54.648
97 Rabat Morocco 63.06 61.38 72.57 31.37 44.25 54.526
98 Colombo Sri Lanka 63.05 61.1 72.33 30.34 44.1 54.184
99 Accra Ghana 62.94 60.94 72.03 29.92 44.06 53.978
100 Lima Peru 62.18 60.82 72.01 28.87 43.42 53.46



Source: CEOWORLD magazine