London ties for number one overall
Cities of Opportunity 2012 makes its fifth annual analysis of the development of 27 global cities, and through their current and projected future performance seeks to add insight on the policies and actions that make cities function best.
London finishes in a virtual tie for first place overall this year, one point behind New York, and ahead of Toronto, Paris, and Stockholm. London’s major strengths include its economic clout, ease of doing business, and attraction as a city gateway. It is also a city of great cultural vibrancy. Overall, the British capital ranks in the top ten in all but two indicators; it also finishes in the top five in over a third of the variables and in the top ten in nearly two-thirds, ranking first in an impressive six variables.
An economic powerhouse
Although the city slips from its top spot last year, London remains within the top five in economic clout, tying for third with New York, behind Beijing and Paris.
A global gateway
London is the top gateway among all 27 cities.
An easy place to do business
London is one of the easiest places in the world to do business. As capital of a country that belongs to both the European Union and Commonwealth of Nations, it is also one of the cities most connected with the rest of the planet.
An embarrassment of virtues
London excels in several indicators in addition to those above. The city:
The attachment below is the short overview for London, the full report is available from here.