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New York and London Top 2012 Cities of Opportunity Study of Global Economic Leaders 

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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has released its fifth annual “Cities of Opportunity” report. The report details how leading global cities stack up against one another.  The study analyzes 27 cities that are global capitals of finance, commerce and culture. This year’s report includes an analysis of city employment in significant job sectors, and projects the trajectory of the cities in jobs, economic output, and population to 2025. Factors creating a healthy urban environment include investments in education, health care, safety and infrastructure.

“New York City and London, along with other established cities, maintain their top status because of a depth and diversity of strength across all measures,” says Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO, Partnership for New York City. “But the true value of this report is not just the rankings; it is that every city can learn from one another about what works when building a 21st century city.”

The Cities of Opportunity key indicators and top three cities within are:

  • Intellectual capital and innovation: Stockholm, Toronto, Paris
  • Technology readiness: Seoul, San Francisco, New York
  • Transportation and Infrastructure: Singapore, Seoul/Toronto (tied forsecond), Tokyo
  • Health, safety and security: Stockholm, Toronto, Sydney
  • Sustainability and the natural environment: Sydney, San Francisco/Toronto (tied for second), Berlin
  • Economic clout: Beijing, Paris, London/New York (tied for third)
  • Ease of doing business: Singapore, Hong Kong, New York
  • Cost: Berlin, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur
  • Demographics and livability: Paris, Hong Kong/Sydney (tied for second), San Francisco
  • City gateway: London, Paris, Beijing

To download the full report and watch videos, visit www.pwc.com/cities.

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