I’ve started trying to incorporate “metropolitan” politics into my intro to comparative (POL 102) courses. The FP Global Cities Index is a great resource. Glad to see there’s a new (updated) option.
What Is the World’s Most Economically Powerful City?
Just the world’s top 100 metros generate roughly half of the globe’s total economic output, according to Martin Prosperity Institute estimates. The top twenty produce nearly 30 percent and the top ten accounts for more than a fifth of global economic production. More than 80 percent of U.S. economic output comes from its cities and metros areas, compared to roughly two-thirds in Europe. Even in China, which has urbanized much more recently and where many remain in rural areas, 78 percent of GDP comes from cities and metros, according to recent estimates from the McKinsey Global Institute.
But in contest for one metro to rule them all, New York takes the crown as the most economically powerful metropolitan, according to Richard Florida’s assessment of five recent comprehensive rankings of global cities.
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