NYC, DC Rank in 2020 Smart Cities List


The Institute for Management Development, in collaboration with Singapore University for Technology and Design, has released its 2020 Smart City Index. New York City and Washington, D.C., led the United States on the list with ranks of No. 10 and No. 12, respectively.

For the index, hundreds of citizens from 109 cities were surveyed in April and May and were asked questions on the technological provisions of their city across five key areas: health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities and governance.

The Index

The definition of “smart city," according to the Index, is a city that “continues to be defined as an urban setting that applies technology to enhance the benefits and diminish the shortcomings of urbanization for its citizens.”

IMD notes that this year, the index includes findings on how technology is playing a role in the COVID-19 era “in a way that is likely to remain.”

In addition to New York and D.C., other U.S. cities to make the top 50 include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Boston, Seattle, Phoenix and Chicago, though none of the additional cities cracked the top 20, which is as follows:

  1. Singapore
  2. Helsinki
  3. Zurich
  4. Auckland
  5. Oslo
  6. Copenhagen
  7. Geneva
  8. Taipei City
  9. Amsterdam
  10. New York
  11. Munich
  12. Washington, D.C.
  13. Dusseldorf
  14. Brisbane
  15. London
  16. Stockholm
  17. Manchester
  18. Sydney
  19. Vancouver
  20. Melbourne

"It is of course too early to draw the lessons from COVID,” said Bruno Lanvin, President of the IMD Smart City Observatory.

“However, it is clear that we are at a critical juncture, where the sanitary crisis is still very much with us, while the economic and social crisis that it will entail has hardly started. This year’s Smart City Index suggests that the cities that have been able to combine technologies, leadership and a strong culture of ‘living and acting together’ should be able to better withstand the most damaging effects of such crises."

You can find the detailed reports for New York and D.C., here and here.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Building science; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Infrastructure; Latin America; Market data; North America; Technology; Z-Continents

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