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Here’s Where Phoenix Ranks In World’s Best Cities Report

Here’s Where Phoenix Ranks In World’s Best Cities Report

Phoenix has landed at No. 55 among the world’s top 100 cities, according to the 2021 World’s Best Cities report from Resonance Consultancy.

Resonance, an advisory firm that focuses on real estate, tourism and economic development recently released its sixth annual World’s Best Cities list.

“Latin soul, daring architecture and a reverence for the outdoors blends a heady mix in the heart of the American Southwest,” the report said of the Phoenix metro area.

Phoenix’s Mexican restaurants, museums, arts community and the abundance of sunshine were cited as attractions. The Valley’s weather was ranked No. 12 globally, and its attractions ranked No. 15, according to the report.

The Phoenix downtown core’s walkable mix of galleries, studios, restaurants and bars were cited as a key attraction. The Desert Botanical Garden, Camelback Mountain and the Phoenix Art Museum were also mentioned in the report.

The cities in the report were gauged on categories of place, product, programming, prosperity and promotion. Here’s a look at what factors Resonance includes in each category:

  • Place – the quality of a city’s natural and built environments (e.g. weather, safety, sights and landmarks, parks and outdoors, Covid-19 infections)
  • Product – a city’s key institutions, attractions and infrastructure (e.g. airport connectivity, attractions, museums, university ranking, convention center)
  • People – the diversity of the city’s population (e.g. foreign-born residents, educational attainment)
  • Prosperity – the wealth and prosperity of a city are shaped by statistics such as the income of citizens, the standard of living and the presence or absence of large, recognizable corporations (global Fortune 500 headquarters, gross domestic product per capita, unemployment rate, income equality)
  • Programming – the experiential pillars of a great visit: culture, dining, shopping, and nightlife.
  • Promotion – a city’s ability to tell its story (Facebook check-ins, Google search and trends, TripAdvisor reviews, Instagram hashtags)

The Valley’s top rankings were in the place category, with a ranking of No. 39, and the product category, with a ranking of No. 43. Considering the city’s lack of large, recognizable Fortune 500-type companies and disparity in the standard of living between extremely wealthy and poor residents, It ranked lowest in prosperity, at No. 175.

Phoenix was the 16th ranked American city on the overall list.

The lists’s top three global cities were London, New York and Paris, respectively, with Moscow and Tokyo rounding out the top five.

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