When we talk about the best cities in the world, we often rate cities based on livability and tourism appeal. But there is much more to a city than just these things. Resonance Consultancy has published its annual list of the best cities for 2020. The thorough ranking quantifies and benchmarks the quality, reputation, and competitive identity of leading cities. Let’s check out which cities made the cut this year.
Resonance Consultancy is a real estate, tourism, and economic development advisory firm. It evaluated cities with a population of one million or more based 22 parameters grouped into six core categories – Place, Product, People, Prosperity, Programming, and Promotion.
Resonance Consultancy CEO Chris Fair said in a statement that the rankings are “composed of experiential factors that people consider most important in choosing a city to live and visit, as well as empirical factors that business decision-makers consider important for business or investment.”
It analyzed statistics as well as user-generated data from channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Google, and TripAdvisor to compile the ranking of cities most desirable for locals, tourists, and business people alike. These are the best cities for 2020:
10- Rome, Italy
Rome is known for its culture, architecture, and art. The Eternal City jumped from 14th spot last year to 10th place this year. Rome ranked 4th in the Place category and 5th for Promotion. It has the second-most TripAdvisor reviews of any city on the planet. The modern and accessible city also gives you a look into the history of the Western world.
9- Los Angeles, United States
The city of glitz and glamor has a population of 13.2 million. It jumped four spots from 2019 to occupy the 9th place this year. Los Angeles welcomed more than 50 million tourists last year. It’s also one of the biggest business centers in the US. Los Angeles ranked 4th in University ranking and 7th in Promotion. However, the city is also “the poster child of America’s homelessness crisis.”
8- Barcelona, Spain
Resonance Consultancy described Barcelona as an “intoxicating mix of beach and architecture.” Barcelona is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Spanish city slipped from 5th place in 2019 to 8th spot this year. It ranked 3rd for nightlife and 8th for Promotion. Barcelona enjoys near-perfect weather, striking architecture, and miles of beaches.
7- Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Singapore is one of the world’s wealthiest and most expensive cities. It ranked 4th for safety and GDP per capita. Not only is Singapore the financial hub of Asia, but also it has a world-class infrastructure. Its Changi airport is the best in the world. The airport itself is a major tourist attraction. The island city-state is among countries offering the best quality of life.
6- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is home to 3.2 million people. The Middle-Eastern city offers much better infrastructure than most Western metropolitan areas. It moved up from 9th spot last year to 6th this year. Resonance Consultancy said Dubai is the best city in the Middle-East and Africa. No other city in the emirates is “as religiously open, socially liberal and future-forward as Dubai.” It ranked 3rd in Place category, 5th for outdoors and 6th for safety.
5- Moscow, Russia
The Russian capital is a “cultural gold mine,” says Resonance Consultancy. The city ranked 2nd in the Place category, and 1st for airport connectivity and museums. Moscow’s Sheremetyevo was recently named the most punctual airport in the world. It was the most-hashtagged city on Instagram. Moscow is home to a number of cultural attractions such as the St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, Red Square, two UNESCO Heritage Sites, and Gorky Park.
4- Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, the most populous metropolitan area in the world, is also one of the world’s best cities for 2020. Some of the most popular tourist destinations in the city are the National Museum, the Imperial Palace, and Meiji Shrine. Tokyo is also a global business hub. The Japanese capital ranked 2nd for restaurants, 2nd for global 500 companies, and 4th in the museums category.
3- Paris, France
The French capital is one of the most expensive cities in the world. It’s also among the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The City of Lights ranked 1st for shopping, 2nd for neighborhoods & landmarks, and 3rd in the Product category. Paris is not just about glamor, culture, and architecture. The city is also home to many of the world’s largest corporations.
2- New York City, United States
New York has been named the second-best city for 2020, up from the 3rd place in 2019. The city is home to two of the world’s largest stock exchanges and many of the world’s largest corporations. New York attracted more than 53 million domestic tourists and 13.9 million international tourists last year. The city ranked 1st for culture and 2nd in the Promotion category.
1- London, England
London retains the title of the world’s best city. It ranked 1st in both Programming and Promotion categories, and 5th in global 500 companies. But the Brexit concerns are forcing many businesses to move their operations and staff out of London. Also, London is home to four of the world’s ten most visited museums – the Natural History Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, and the British Museum.