Originally Posted by BIMBAM
Seems odd to me that Montreal, while a powerful city and my hometown, is at such a high rank while Seattle, with Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon, doesn't even make the list.
Global Cities Index
A.T. Kearney's Global Cities Index ranks metropolitan areas according to 25 metrics across five dimensions:
RED STRIPE ON CHART - Business activity is measured by headquarters of major global corporations, locations of top business services firms, the value of a city's capital markets, the number of international conferences, and the flow of goods through ports and airports (weighting: 30 percent).
BLUE STRIPE - Human capital evaluates a city's ability to attract talent based on the following measures: size of foreign-born population, quality of universities, number of international schools, international student population, and number of residents with university degrees (weighting: 30 percent).
GREEN STRIPE - Information exchange examines how well news and information circulate within and outside the city. This dimension has been reconfigured this year to include two new metrics: accessibility to major TV news channels (replacing international coverage in major local newspapers) and Internet presence (capturing the robustness of results when searching for the city name in major languages). A third metric, number of international news bureaus, has been broadened to include 10 major TV networks. The final two metrics— level of censorship and broadband subscriber rate—are unchanged (weighting: 15 percent).
YELLOW - Cultural experience measures diverse attractions, including number of major sporting events a city hosts; number of museums, performing-arts venues, and diverse culinary establishments; number of international travelers; and number of sister-city relationships (weighting: 15 percent).
GRAY - Political engagement reviews how a city influences global policy dialogue as measured by number of embassies and consulates, major think tanks, international organizations and local institutions with international reach that reside in the city, and the number of political conferences a city hosts (weighting: 10 percent).
Montreal does disproportionately well on "human capital" and "information exchange" (this is true). It does really badly on business activity (no surprise there). It seems more balanced than many other cities though, according to the colors.