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NYC, DC in top tier of global smart cities

Among 109 cities ranked by the Institute for Management Development's Smart City Index, New York came in 10th and Washington, D.C., was ranked 12th. The top cities overall were Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich, based on economic and technology services across five key areas: health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities and governance. Citizens’ perceptions of how “smart” their cities are were also included in the formula.

For the purposes of these rankings, a smart city is defined as an “urban setting that applies technology to enhance the benefits and diminish the shortcomings of urbanization for its citizens.”

The technology factors measured included online services to report city maintenance problems, ease transit and monitor air pollution as well as access to free public Wi-Fi and responsible use of CCTV cameras. Other government technologies surveyed were open financial data, online services for startups, issuance of identification documents and online platforms where residents can propose ideas to improve city life.

Other U.S. cities making the list include Boston (36th), Chicago (41st), Denver (35th), Los Angles (26th), Philadelphia (52nd), Phoenix (39th) San Francisco (27th) and Seattle (37th).

Hundreds of citizens from the cities were surveyed in April and May 2020, before many of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent, but the smart cities likely have the social infrastructure to better weather the pandemic.

Bruno Lanvin, president of the IMD Smart City Observatory said that “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."  

See the full list and details on ranked cities here.

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