Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and the world continues to urbanize rapidly. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas, according to the United Nations. As these urban centers swell in size, their influence will only continue to grow.
The A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index (GCI) ranks 125 cities according to 27 metrics across five dimensions, including business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.
The Global Cities Outlook (GCO) examines 125 cities and ranks 13 leading indicators across four dimensions: personal well-being, economics, innovation, and governance. The rank and score in the GCO is determined by measuring change across each metric in the past five years, then projecting out to 2024. It measures the likelihood that a city will improve its global standing over the next 10 to 20 years.
Together they create an unmatched perspective into global cities by:
- Providing a view of current performance and future potential
- Identifying historical trends since 2008
- Analyzing the performance of 125 cities representing all regions
- Measuring a holistic set of metrics and indicators at a city level