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{{short description|City which is important to the world economy}}{{Redirect|World city}}{{pp-semi-indef}}{{Use dmy dates|date=May 2012}}A global city, also called a power city, world city, alpha city or world center, is a city which is a primary node in the global economic network. The concept comes from geography and urban studies, and the idea that globalization is created, facilitated, and enacted in strategic geographic locales according to a hierarchy of importance to the operation of the global system of finance and trade.The most complex node is the "global city", with links binding it to other cities having a direct and tangible effect on global socio-economic affairs.Sassen, Saskia - The global city: strategic site/new frontier {{Webarchive|url= |date=18 October 2006 }} The term "megacity" entered common use in the late 19th or early 20th centuries; one of the earliest documented uses of the term was by the University of Texas in 1904.JOURNAL, Hemisfile: perspectives on political and economic trends in the Americas, 1904, 5-8, 12,weblink 16 July 2015, Institute of the Americas, The term "global city", rather than "megacity", was popularized by sociologist Saskia Sassen in her 1991 work, The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo.Sassen, Saskia - The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo. {{webarchive|url= |date=16 March 2015 }} (1991) - Princeton University Press. {{ISBN|0-691-07063-6}} "World city", meaning a city heavily involved in global trade, appeared in the May 1886 description of Liverpool, by The Illustrated London News.WEB,weblink UK History,, 18 December 2009, 9 May 2012,weblink" title="">weblink 23 June 2012, live, dmy-all, Patrick Geddes later used the term "world city" in 1915.Doel, M. & Hubbard, P., (2002), "Taking World Cities Literally: Marketing the City in a Global Space of flows", City, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 351–68. Subscription required More recently, the term has focused on a city's financial power and high technology infrastructure, with other factors becoming less relevant.NEWS,weblink Asian Cities Pay Hidden Price for Global Status, The Diplomat, 15 February 2015, 25 January 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 1 February 2016, live, dmy-all, NEWS,weblink The World's Most Influential Cities, 14 August 2014, Forbes, 29 August 2017,weblink 5 September 2017, live, dmy-all,


Global city status is considered beneficial and desirable. Competing groups have developed multiple alternative methods to classify and rank world cities and to distinguish them from non-world cities. Although there is a consensus upon leading world cities,GaWC Research Bulletin 5 {{Webarchive|url= |date=8 August 2011 }}, GaWC, Loughborough University, 28 July 1999 the chosen criteria affect which other cities are included. Selection criteria may be based on a yardstick value (e.g., if the producer-service sector is the largest sector then city X is a world city) or on an imminent determination (if the producer-service sector of city X is greater than the combined producer-service sectors of N other cities then city X is a world city.)Cities can fall from ranking, as in the case of cities that have become less cosmopolitan and less internationally renowned in the current era.


Although criteria are variable and fluid, typical characteristics of world cities are:Pashley, Rosemary. "HSC Geography". Pascal Press, 2000, p.164
  • A variety of international financial services,J.V. Beaverstock, World City Networks 'From Below' {{Webarchive|url= |date=8 March 2006 }}, GaWC, Loughborough University, 29 September 2010 notably in finance, insurance, real estate, banking, accountancy, and marketing
  • Headquarters of several multinational corporations
  • The existence of financial headquarters, a stock exchange, and major financial institutions
  • Domination of the trade and economy of a large surrounding area
  • Major manufacturing centres with port and container facilities
  • Considerable decision-making power on a daily basis and at a global level
  • Centres of new ideas and innovation in business, economics, culture, and politics
  • Centres of media and communications for global networks
  • Dominance of the national region with great international significance
  • High percentage of residents employed in the services sector and information sector
  • High-quality educational institutions, including renowned universities, international student attendance,K. O'Connor, International Students and Global Cities {{Webarchive|url= |date=5 February 2006 }}, GaWC, Loughborough University, 17 February 2005 and research facilities
  • Multi-functional infrastructure offering some of the best legal, medical, and entertainment facilities in the country
  • High diversity in language, culture, religion, and ideologies.


Global Economic Power Index

In 2015, the second Global Economic Power Index, ameta list compiled by Richard Florida, was published by The Atlantic (distinct from a namesake list published by the Martin Prosperity Institute), with city composite rank based on five other lists.WEB,weblink Sorry, London: New York Is the World's Most Economically Powerful City, Richard Florida, The Atlantic Monthly Group, 3 March 2015, 16 March 2015, Our new ranking puts the Big Apple firmly on top.,weblink" title="">weblink 14 March 2015, live, dmy-all, WEB,weblink The Top 10 most powerful cities in the world, Yahoo! India Finance, 11 May 2012, 19 June 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 18 March 2013, live, dmy-all,

Global Power City Index

The Institute for Urban Strategies at The Mori Memorial Foundation in Tokyo issued a comprehensive study of global cities in 2018. They are ranked based on six categories: economy, research and development, cultural interaction, livability, environment, and accessibility, with 70 individual indicators among them. The top ten world cities are also ranked by subjective categories including manager, researcher, artist, visitor and resident.JOURNAL, Global Power City Index 2018, Institute for Urban Strategies at The Mori Memorial Foundation, Tokyo, Japan, 18 October 2018,weblink
  • Global Power City top 10:
  • London
  • New York City
  • Tokyo
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Amsterdam
  • Seoul
  • Berlin
  • Hong Kong
  • Sydney
  • GaWC study

    (File:GaWC World Cities.png|thumb|A map showing the distribution of GaWC-ranked world cities (2010 data))Jon Beaverstock, Richard G. Smith and Peter J. Taylor established the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC). A roster of world cities in the GaWC Research Bulletin 5 is ranked by their connectivity through four "advanced producer services": accountancy, advertising, banking/finance, and law. The GaWC inventory identifies three levels of global cities and several sub-ranks,"The World According to GaWC {{Webarchive|url= |date=30 November 2012 }}". GaWC. Retrieved 21 November 2012. although the authors caution that "concern for city rankings operates against the spirit of the GaWC project"WEB, Taylor, P.J., Measuring the World City Network: New Results and Developments,weblink 1 November 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 29 September 2018, live, dmy-all, (emphasis in original).The 2004 rankings added several new indicators while continuing to rank city economics more heavily than political or cultural factors. The 2008 roster, similar to the 1998 version, is sorted into categories of Alpha world cities (with four sub-categories), Beta world cities (three sub-categories), Gamma world cities (three sub-categories) and additional cities with High sufficiency or Sufficiency presence. The cities in the top two classifications in the 2018 edition are:WEB, The World According to GaWC 2018,weblink 13 November 2018, GaWC, 12 August 2019,weblink 9 May 2019, live, dmy-all,

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    Global Cities Index

    In 2008, the American journal Foreign Policy, in conjunction with the consulting firm A.T. Kearney and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, published a ranking of global cities, based on consultation with Saskia Sassen, Witold Rybczynski, and others.WEB,weblink 2012 Global Cities Index and Emerging Cities Outlook, PDF, 9 May 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 20 October 2013, dmy, Foreign Policy noted that "the world’s biggest, most interconnected cities help set global agendas, weather transnational dangers, and serve as the hubs of global integration. They are the engines of growth for their countries and the gateways to the resources of their regions."The main parameters are "Business activity" (30%), "Human capital" (30%), "Information exchange" (15%), "Cultural experience" (15%) and "Political engagement" (10%).JOURNAL, The 2008 Global Cities Index, Foreign Policy, November/December 2008, 21 October 2008,weblink 2008-10-31, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 7 January 2010, dmy-all, The ranking is based on 27 metrics across five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement and was updated in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Since 2015 it has been published together with a separate index called the Global Cities Outlook: a projection of a city’s potential based on rate of change in 13 indicators across four dimensions: personal well-being, economics, innovation, and governance.WEB,weblink A.T. Kearney: Global Cities 2017, 22 February 2017,weblink 12 March 2017, live, dmy-all,

    The Wealth Report

    "The Wealth Report" (a global perspective on prime property and wealth) is made by the London-based estate agent Knight Frank LLP together with the Citi Private Bank. The report includes a "Global Cities Survey", evaluating which cities are considered the most important to the world’s HNWIs (high-net-worth individuals, having over $25 million of investable assets). For the Global Cities Survey, Citi Private Bank’s wealth advisors, and Knight Frank’s luxury property specialists were asked to name the cities that they felt were the most important to HNWIs, in regard to: "economic activity", "political power", "knowledge and influence" and "quality of life".WEB,weblink The Wealth Report 2015, Knight Frank LLP, 18 June 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 18 June 2015, live, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Global Cities Survey, 18 June 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 23 March 2015, live, dmy-all,

    Global City Competitiveness Index

    In 2012, the Economist Intelligence Unit (The Economist Group) ranked the competitiveness of global cities according to their demonstrated ability to attract capital, businesses, talent and visitors.WEB, Benchmarking global city competitiveness,weblink Economist Intelligence Unit, Economist Intelligence Unit, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 July 2014, dmy,

    Schroders Global Cities Index

    The Schroders ranked the competitiveness of global cities. The cities in the classifications as "Top30" in the 2019 edition are:Schroders Global Cities Index - Schroders, 2019
    1. Los Angeles
    2. London
    3. Hong Kong
    4. New York
    5. Boston
    6. Chicago
    7. Shanghai
    8. Beijing
    9. San Francisco
    10. Houston
    11. Sydney
    12. Singapore
    13. San Jose
    14. Melbourne
    15. Seattle
    16. Atlanta
    17. Paris
    18. Washington
    19. Toronto
    20. Dallas
    21. San Diego
    22. Baltimore
    23. Shenzhen
    24. Miami
    25. Austin
    26. Philadelphia
    27. Phoenix
    28. Munich
    29. Tokyo
    30. Brisbane

    See also



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