About the study

Cities of Opportunity is a continually evolving project created for cities, their leaders, businesses, and citizens seeking to improve their economies and quality of life.


This year, our foundational study includes 27 cities, which we select using three fundamental criteria: cities exemplify capital market centers, represent a broad geographic sampling, and comprise both mature and emerging economies. The cities are measured across 10 indicators constructed with a robust sampling of 60 variables, each of which has been chosen because it is: relevant; consistent across the sample; publicly available and collectible; current; free of skewing from local nuances; and truly reflective of a city’s quality or power.

The report is based on publicly available information supported by extensive research. Three main sources are used: Global multilateral development organizations such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, national statistics organizations, and commercial data providers. The scoring methodology was developed to ensure transparency and simplicity, as well as comparability across cities.

Taking the data for each individual variable, the 27 cities are sorted from the best performing to the lowest performing. The cities are then assigned a score from 27 (best performing) to 1 (lowest performing). Once all 60 variables are ranked and scored, they are placed into their 10 indicators. Within each group, the variable scores are then summed to produce an overall indicator score for that topic. This produces 10 indicator league tables that display the relative performance of our 27 cities. Methodology presented for The City Tomorrow section can be found on page 20 of the report.

For more information download all or part of the report.

Contact us

Cities of Opportunity is a study jointly performed by PwC and the Partnership for New York City. Please contact the following persons to learn more about the study and its business implications.

On business implications:


Bob Moritz

US Chairman and Senior Partner

Tom Craren

Leader, US Thought Leadership
+1 (646) 471 6665

Peter Raymond

US Capital Projects & Infrastructure Leader
+1 (703) 918 1580


Jan Sturesson

Global Leader, Government & Public Services
+46 (0)46 286 93 39

Hazem Galal

Global Leader, Cities Network
+55 21 3232 6168

Richard Abadie

Global capital projects & infrastructure leader
+44(0) 20 7213 3225

Egon de Haas

Global Director, Government & Public Services
+31 (0) 20 5686162

On the overall study:


William Sand

+1 (646) 471 4470

Partnership for New York City

Merrill Pond

+1 (212) 493 7515

On research:


Sabrina McColgan

+1 (646) 471 8180

Partnership for New York City

Brook Jackson

+1 (212) 493 7580

On media inquiries:


Tanja Sullivan

+1 (646) 471 6959

Partnership for New York City

Farrell Sklerov

Rubenstein Public Relations
+1 (212) 843 8289

Definitions and sources of the variables

This study includes 60 variables which have been ranked, scored and then placed into their 10 indicators (for example, ease of doing business or city gateway).

For more detail on the specifics of the variables and indicators, download the Definitions and sources for all the variables.