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Revealed: Smartest Cities The World In 2019

Unsurprisingly, Singapore is the smartest city in the world in 2019, that’s according to the inaugural IMD Smart City Index. Singapore is only one of 2 cities in Asia to be in the top 10 of 102 cities. Taipei is the other at No. 7.

The rest of the Top 10 smartest cities in the world in 2019 are Zurich (2nd), Oslo (3rd), Geneva (4th), Copenhagen (5th), Auckland (6th), Helsinki (8th), Bilbao (9th), and Dusseldorf (tenth).

Published by IMD business school (International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the index ranked cities in terms of how “smart” they are. Each city is assigned to one of four groups, based upon its HDI values. Amsterdam took 11th spot, followed by San Francisco, Vancouver, Sydney, Toronto, Montreal, Vienna, Bologna, and Prague, with London rounding out the top 20.

RankCityCountryRating
1SingaporeSingaporeAAA
2ZurichSwitzerlandAAA
3OsloNorwayAA
4GenevaSwitzerlandAA
5CopenhagenDenmarkAA
6AucklandNew ZealandA
7TaipeiTaiwanA
8HelsinkiFinlandA
9BilbaoSpainA
10DusseldorfGermanyA
11AmsterdamNetherlandsA
12San FranciscoUSA
13VancouverCanadaA
14SydneyAustraliaA
15TorontoCanadaA
16MontrealCanadaA
17ViennaAustriaBBB
18BolognaItalyBBB
19PragueCzech RepublicBBB
20LondonUKBBB
21MadridSpainBBB
22MilanItalyBBB
23LyonFranceBBB
24MelbourneAustraliaBBB
25StockholmSwedenBBB
26HanoverGermanyBBB
27BrisbaneAustraliaBBB
28GothenburgSwedenBBB
29HagueNetherlandsBBB
30DublinIrelandBBB
31Washington DCUSBBB
32BostonUSBBB
33DenverUSBBB
34SeattleUSBBB
35Los AngelesUSBBB
36RotterdamNetherlandsBBB
37Hong KongHong KongBBB
38New YorkUSBBB
39BerlinGermanyBBB
40ZhuhaiChinaBB
41TianjinChinaBB
42ChongqingChinaBB
43ShenzhenChinaBB
44HangzhouChinaBB
45DubaiUAEBB
46Tel AvivIsraelBB
47SeoulSouth KoreaBB
48BarcelonaSpainBB
49ZaragozaSpainBB
50BusanSouth KoreaBB
51ParisFranceBB
52BirminghamUKBB
53ChicagoUSBB
54PhiladelphiaUSBB
55NanjingChinaB
56Abu DhabiUAEB
57GuangzhouChinaB
58ChengduChinaB
59ShanghaiChinaB
60BeijingChinaB
61WarsawPolandB
62TokyoJapanB
63OsakaJapanB
64BrusselsBelgiumB
65Ho Chi Minh CityVietnamCCC
66HanoiVietnamCCC
67HyderabadIndiaCCC
68New DelhiIndiaCCC
69KrakowPolandCCC
70Kuala LumpurMalaysiaCCC
71RiyadhSaudi ArabiaCCC
72MoscowRussiaCCC
73Saint PetersburgRussiaCCC
74AnkaraTurkeyCCC
75BangkokThailandCCC
76LisbonPortugalCCC
77RomeItalyCCC
78MumbaiIndiaCC
79BengaluruIndiaCC
80MakassarIndonesiaCC
81JakartaIndonesiaCC
82MedanIndonesiaCC
83BudapestHungaryCC
84BratislavaSlovakiaCC
85BucharestRomaniaCC
86SantiagoChileCC
87Buenos AiresArgentinaCC
88Mexico CityMexicoCC
89SofiaBulgariaCC
90Sao PauloBrazilCC
91MedellinColombiaC
92KievUkraineC
93Cape TownSouth AfricaC
94ManilaPhilippinesC
95AthensGreeceC
96Rio de JaneiroBrazilC
97AbujaNigeriaD
98BogotaColombiaD
99CairoEgyptD
100NairobiKenyaD
101RabatMoroccoD
102LagosNigeriaD

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