The 20 Most Innovative Cities In The World

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People can be innovative, companies can be innovative and it turns out cities can be innovative too.Australian consulting firm 2thinknow has released its annual list of the most innovative cities in the world. The ratings consider cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets.

If you’re looking to innovate — in any of its many forms — you might want to move to these cutues,

America boasted a few winners this year. Boston topped the list, with the San Francisco Bay Area coming in second. New York was No. 4.

#20 Sydney, Australia

Sydney improved from a rank of #28 last year.

Cultural assets: 8

Human infrastructure: 8

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#19 Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona improved from a rank of #26 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 8

Networked markets: 8

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#18 Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart dropped from a rank of #13 last year.

Cultural assets: 8

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#17 Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne improved from a rank of #19 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 8

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#16 Milan, Italy

Milan retained the same rating as last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 8

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#15 Hong Kong

Hong Kong improved from a rank of #18 last year.

Cultural assets: 8

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#14 Berlin, Germany

Berlin dropped from a rank of #11 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 8

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#13 Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg dropped from a rank of #10 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#12 Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt dropped from a rank of #6 last year.

Cultural assets: 8

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 10

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#11 London, United Kingdom

London improved from a rank of #14 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#10 Toronto, Canada

Toronto improved from a rank of #12 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#9 Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen dropped from a rank of #8 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#8 Lyon, France

Lyon improved from a rank of #9 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 8

Networked markets: 10

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#7 Munich, Germany

Munich improved from a rank of #15 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 10

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#6 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam dropped from a rank of #3 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 10

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#5 Vienna, Austria

Vienna dropped from a rank of #4 last year.

Cultural assets: 10

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 9

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#4 New York, United States

New York improved from a rank of #5 last year.

Cultural assets: 10

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 10

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#3 Paris, France

Paris dropped from a rank of #2 last year.

Cultural assets: 10

Human infrastructure: 9

Networked markets: 10

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#2 San Francisco Bay Area, United States

San Francisco improved from a rank of #7 last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 10

Networked markets: 10

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

#1 Boston, United States

Boston retained the same rating from last year.

Cultural assets: 9

Human infrastructure: 10

Networked markets: 10

Rankings determined by 2thinknow based on cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets. 'Nexus' is the best and requires cities to have the nexus critical for 'multiple economic and social innovation segments.' 'Hub' cities are those with a dominance based on economic and social innovation and 'node' cities performed well across innovation segments but with some imbalances.

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