Atlanta Ranked As One Of The World’s Top Cities

New Global Cities Index Ranks 60 Global Cities
Based on Quality-of-Life Factors

Source: Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Atlanta is now recognized as one of the world’s most global cities, according to Foreign Policy magazine.

While New York, London and Paris are still considered the world’s most global cities, the list reveals that top-ranking cities face strong competition from growing global cities such as Beijing, Moscow, Shanghai,

Dubai and Atlanta. Only seven other U.S. cities made the list, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco and Washington.

"Atlanta’s core strengths as a global city are the airport, our universities and the fact that we have a reputation as a young, hip city for the ‘Young and Restless,’ the 25- to 34-year old professionals," says Sam A. Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. "And Atlanta’s possibilities to grow asa global city are endless as Delta Air Lines becomes the world’s largest airline – making Atlanta the most connected on earth."

The management consulting firm A.T. Kearney teamed up with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Foreign Policy magazine to review global cities on 24 metric based on business activity, human capital and information exchange.

The first Global Cities Index ranked Atlanta 37 out of 60 on the global cities list. The results, released this month, use a variety of metrics to rank cities according to how global they are, and how they fare in an increasingly competitive quality-of-life battle to attract and retain people and companies.

“The 1996 Centennial Olympics Games in Atlanta gave us worldwide recognition, and the vision to grow into a top global gateway and center for global commerce,” Williams added. “Atlanta reached this global ranking through the collaboration and dedication of all of our partners.”

What differentiates the A.T. Kearney study from many other studies and rankings is that the study has two categories – cultural experience and political engagement. The study looks at the quality of life in each city, including the level of diverse attractions for international residents and travelers. The Global Cities Index pulls in these measures of cultural, social, and policy indicators, and it offers a more complete pictures of a city’s global standing – not simply economic or financial ties.

The inaugural Global Cities Index is published in the November/December 2008 issue of Foreign Policy magazine and is available here.