Global Power City Index 2014


Global Power City Index (GPCI)

The Global Power City Index (GPCI) evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to their “magnetism,” i.e. their comprehensive power which allows them to attract creative individuals and business enterprises from every continent and to mobilize their assets in securing economic, social and environmental development.

The Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies first released its Global Power City Index in 2008 and has continued to update its rankings every year based on new research. Currently, the GPCI is highly regarded as one of the leading city indices and is utilized as reference material for policy and business strategies not only by the Japanese government and Tokyo Metropolitan government, but also by numerous professional and academic organizations worldwide. Moreover, at conferences and lecture events worldwide the Institute actively engages with leading global research institutions in the exchange of ideas on the topic of urban competitiveness and change.

The GPCI continues to evolve as information is updated and improvements are made in data collection methods. In GPCI-2014, a number of indicators and associated data were carefully examined and improved, beginning with the Environment. Additionally, “Urban Intangible Values” which focus on elements such as efficiency, accuracy and speed, and the safety and security of cities, were also experimentally incorporated into the GPCI and calculated in the form of a “GPCI+” ranking.
These research results highlight the challenges faced by Tokyo and other global cities, as well as confirm what makes them appealing. It is hoped that these results can assist in the formulation of future urban policies and corporate strategies.

GPCI-2014 Results

  • London retains its place at the top of the comprehensive ranking from last year and further increases its score to widen the gap with New York at No. 2.
  • Tokyo stays at No. 4 place this year in the comprehensive ranking, but jumps from No. 8 to No. 6 in Cultural Interaction, hitherto an area of weakness for the city. This is mainly due to a considerable increase in the number of tourists visiting Japan in 2013.
  • In the comprehensive ranking, high-ranking cities, Singapore at No. 5 and Seoul at No. 6, both continue to increase their scores this year and close the gap on Tokyo at No. 4.
  • In the “GPCI+” ranking, which emphasizes the “intangible values” (elements that appeal to human senses) of cities, Tokyo comes in at No. 3 in the comprehensive ranking. This can be attributed to Tokyo’s high scores for the Sense of Safety in Public Places, Kindness of Residents, On-Time Performance of International Airport and Ease of Transportation, among others.

For more information about the GPCI-2014 Results,
please download a summary of GPCI-2014,
or order the Global Power City Index YEARBOOK 2014.

Global Power City Index YEARBOOK 2014

The YEARBOOK provides specific details on the methods of research used, definitions of indicators, lists of data sources, and scores and ranking analyses for each city.

Softcover: 360 pages / A4 + CD-ROM
Language: Bilingual (Japanese and English)
Softcover: JPY 14,000 (tax excluded)
PDF: JPY 11,900 (tax excluded)
ISBN: 978-4-905249-14-6

The CD-ROM includes the score tables of the 40 cities
and the 70 indicators.

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  • Complete Explanation of the GPCI Methodology and Indicators
  • The YEARBOOK explains the GPCI’s research and scoring methodology and the definitions of indicators in full details. The list of selected data sources is also included.

  • Profile of 40 Target Cities
  • With easy-to-understand charts and graphs, the YEARBOOK shows a detailed profile of each of the GPCI’s 40 cities. The complete result of the 70 indicators, including such key indicators as Population, Nominal GDP, Number of Visitors from Abroad, is included. It also illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of the city based on analyses of the deviational scores.

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  • Chronological Analysis of Top 4 and Leading Asian Cities
  • The YEARBOOK analyzes the chronological trends in the GPCI’s top 4 cities (London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo) and the major Asian cities (Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai.) The visualized analyses of the scores and rankings help understand the growth and decline of the cities.

  • Global Power City Index with Partial Addition of Urban Intangible Values (GPCI+)
  • GPCI+ is explained in more details in the YEARBOOK.

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