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Report measures progress at 174 cities 9 ways

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Written by: Alexa Stone

The Cities in Motion Index (CIMI) for 2019 ranks cities based on nine dimensions that enhance the quality of life for citizens.[1] In its sixth edition, the report ranks 174 cities addressing ISO 3710 (Sustainability Development of Communities – Indicators of City Service and Quality of Life):[2]

  • Human capital
  • Social cohesion
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Governance
  • Urban planning
  • International outreach
  • Technology
  • Mobility and transportation

Cities in Motion ranking is based on a weighted aggregation of metrics within those progress dimensions. The report notes that those select metrics do not define a smart city. Only 174 cities were studied, so the rankings should not be viewed as absolute.

CIMI 2019 Ranks for US Cities

The U.S. perspective

The CIMI included 16 U.S. cities — 11 of which ranked High or Relatively High.

London, New York, and Amsterdam achieved the three highest scores worldwide.

New York’s overall achievement was based on exceptional results in:

  • Economy dimension (ranked first)
  • Urban planning (ranked 2nd)
  • Mobility and transportation (ranked 5th)
  • International outreach (ranked 8th)[3]

The 100-page CIMI report for 2019[4] provides several recommendations. Among them, these four:

  • Technology is only one dimension of a smart city. All nine dimensions listed are worth consideration in planning sustainable urban communities.
  • Smart city development can involve a wide scope and significant time. That makes a development plan essential for documenting the full range of goals and strategies.
  • The CIMI is not a contest. Looking beyond the report rankings, leadership can benefit from detailed analysis of strengths, weaknesses, and trends.
  • Greater collaboration brings greater achievement. Civic participation can be a power tool in building the 21st century city.

[4] Downloadable report: Cities in Motion Index (CIMI) for 2019