Resonance Consultancy, an international consulting group behind worldsbestcities.com, recently released their ranking of the best cities on the planet, and Dallas was named in the top 50.
Claiming to be “building the most comprehensive city rankings on the planet”, Resonance’s annual list ranks global cities with populations of more than one million by using “a combination of statistical performance and qualitative evaluations by locals and visitors in 24 areas grouped into six core categories.”
Place, Product, Programming, People, Prosperity, and Promotion are the 6 core categories but within these things like a city’s diversity, attractions and nightlife, employment rate, education, income equality, and even Facebook Check-ins are considered.
In the Place category alone, for example, Resonance evaluates “the perceived quality of its natural and built environments from how often the sun shines to the safety of the streets” along with the number of sights, landmarks, quality parks, and outdoor activities recommended by locals and visitors.
Coming in at number #47, Dallas was acknowledged for being “home to more than 10,000 corporate headquarters—the largest concentration in the U.S.—and ranking #24 in the world for Global 500 companies, the city is easy to get to.”
A lot of attention was paid to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport which was ranked sixth-best globally in its Airport Connectivity rankings. “A planned $3-billion Terminal F project, on hold during the pandemic, is likely back on the table, given DFW’s rebound of 62.5 million passengers in 2021—nearly 60 percent higher than 2020,” wrote Resonance, prophesizing a climb rather than a fall in future rankings.
Dallas was also recognized for being “home of America’s sixth-largest LGBTQ+ community” and its “institutions like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Museum of Asian Art, and the renowned Nasher Sculpture Center—as well as theaters, symphony and opera venues”.
Of the 100 metropolitan areas with populations of more than one million that were looked at London, England, was ranked the best city in the world, followed by Paris, France in second, and New York City in third.
Though we all know we should be higher up, top 50 is still pretty good when there are over 500 cities with at least 1 million inhabitants globally. (By 2030, a projected 662 cities will have at least 1 million residents according to a UN report).
Sweden’s Stockholm, Canada’s Montreal, Israel’s Tel Aviv, China’s Shanghai, Spain’s Valencia, and Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro were a few famed cities to finish lower than Dallas by way of example.
Meanwhile, Dallas was ranked higher than many other United States cities on the list such as Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Nashville, Portland, Denver, and New Orleans, though our Texas neighbors Austin and Houston finished just a few places higher.
Here are the top 20 in Resonance’s rankings:
Read the report by Resonance in full here.
Onwards and upwards!
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