Cities of Opportunity 2012

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What is a “city of today”?

How do leading cities maintain their top ranking amid the harsh reality of the global economy?

Cultural, technological, financial, social, economic and many other indicators have been analysed in our global Cities of Opportunity 2012 survey.

In our fifth Cities of Opportunity survey, we take the example of 27 major world cities, including Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul, Mumbai, Moscow, London, Paris, New York, Chicago, Sao Paolo and others, to create a realistic picture of the urban space that can serve as both food for thought and a basis for action.


Today, the 27 surveyed cities account for almost 8% of global GDP and only 2.5% of global population ... within a quarter century, the population of these cities will increase by 19 million people, while the number of jobs will increase by 13.7 million, and GDP growth will reach $3.3 billion.

Our main goal is to compare the qualitative and quantitative social and economic indicators of the surveyed cities, and thus create a picture of today's global “driver”. The study analysed such topics as “Intellectual capital and innovation”, “City gateway” and “Transportation and infrastructure”. We also measured the level of “Sustainability”, as well as “Demographics and liveability”, “Economic clout”, “Health, safety and security”, “Technology readiness”, “Ease of doing business”, and much more.

Accordingly, the survey results make a significant contribution to identifying potential prospects both for municipal governments and urban residents, including in Moscow. Russia’s capital city was a leader in a number of indicators and demonstrated a fairly good result overall.

The statistics and indicators provided in our survey may be used to gain a deeper understanding of which policies should be adopted to support a city’s existing level of functioning and improve it in future, as well as those actions that can be used to implement such policies.


Developing cities will experience rapid acceleration in job and population growth. Developed cities will maintain their important position thanks to their substantial financial resources and high demand from both consumers and corporations. This close combination will in turn drive further growth.