Hey, You Guys, New York Is The Most “Global” City of 2012

04/05/2012 3:26 PM |


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According to A.T. Kearney and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, New York is the most global city of 2012. And no, the ranking wasn’t measured by how many different “ethnic” foods a person can find and consume at 2 a.m. (well, not directly anyway).

Instead, New York won out over the other 65 largest cities the world in categories like business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. If you’re wondering how those might even be measured, A.T. Kearney’s Global Cities Index has a handy guide to explain their results. Cultural experience, for example, dealt largely with the number of performance venues, art museums and the like, while human capital was measured by a city’s ability to attract talent. The human capital and business activity criteria in the study were also weighted more than the other categories, at 30 percent each. Commenting on the results, Columbia University’s Saskia Sassen added that Washington, New York and Chicago “are becoming more important geopolitically than the United States is as a country.”

All right, ego-stroking’s over. Pat yourself on the back for being part of the most global city’s human capital and get back to work.

[via Atlantic Cities]