The global top 20 cities for innovation and technology

Take a look at the cities that rise to the top of the tech world. Some of the cities on this list are quite a surprise.
  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam

    What are the best cities for innovation and technology? Silicon Valley certainly comes to mind, but how about Atlanta or Vienna? Sydney? The business site Business Insider did an analysis of the best cities for technology entrepreneurs. Here’s their list of the top 20.

    Business Insider assessed each city based on 31 segments of their industries and economy, and 162 indicators of innovation. However, the firm's data analysts compile each city's index score, out of 60, from three key factors: cultural assets, human infrastructure, and networked markets.

    Here's the countdown to the top 20 cities for technology and innovation.

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta

    20. Atlanta

    Change from last year’s ranking: -2

    Companies that call this city home: Aptos, UPS, Bluefin, Cricket Wireless

    (Image source: City of Atlanta)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna

    19. Vienna

    Change from last year’s ranking: -9

    Companies that call this city home: TourRadar, Kompany, Tricentis, Robo Wunderkind

    (Image source: City oif Vienna)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna

    18. Amsterdam

    Change from last year’s ranking: -6

    Companies that call this city home: Booking.com, Philips, TomTom, BTC.com

    (Image source: City of Amsterdam)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston

    17. Houston

    Change from last year’s ranking: +5

    Companies that call this city home: Citgo, cPanel, FlightAware, Sysco

    (Image source: City of Houston)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne

    16. Melbourne

    Change from last year’s ranking: +9

    Companies that call this city home: Redbubble, Telstra, Catapult

    (Image source: City of Melbourne)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Seattle

    15. Seattle

    Change from last year’s ranking: +6

    Companies that call this city home: Amazon, Zillow, Qualtrics, Rover

    (Image source: City of Seattle)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin

    14. Berlin

    Change from last year’s ranking: +3

    Companies that call this city home: SoundCloud, HelloFresh, Babbel, Zalando

    (Image source: City of Berlin)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, Dallas,

    13. Dallas-Fort Worth

    Change from last year’s ranking: +3

    Companies that call this city home: AT&T, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, Energy Transfer Equity

    (Image source: City of Dallas)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, Seoul, Dallas

    12. Seoul

    Change from last year’s ranking: -1

    Companies that call this city home: Samsung, Hyundai Motor, LG Electronics, SK Holdings

    (Image source: City of Seoul)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, Chicago

    11. Chicago

    Change from last year’s ranking: +9

    Companies that call this city home: Grubhub, Boeing, Groupon, Motorola Mobility

    (Image source: City of Chicago)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, Sidney

    10. Sydney

    Change from last year’s ranking: +4

    Companies that call this city home: Canva, Atlassian, Zip Money, Nuix

    (Image source: City of Sidney)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, Paris

    9. Paris

    Change from last year’s ranking: no change

    Companies that call this city home: Orange Communications, Deezer, Thales Group, DailyMotion

    (Image source: City of Paris)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Toronto

    8. Toronto

    Change from last year’s ranking: no change

    Companies that call this city home: Wealthsimple, InterAxon, Wattpad, The Stars Group

    (Image source: City of Toronto)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, Toronto

    7. Boston

    Change from last year’s ranking: -2

    Companies that call this city home: General Electric, HubSpot, Bain Capital, Boston Dynamics

    (Image source: City of Boston)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, Singapore

    6. Singapore

    Change from last year’s ranking: +1

    Companies that call this city home: DBS Bank, Singtel, CapitaLand Limited, Flex

    (Image source: City of Singapore)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, Los Angeles

    5. Los Angeles

    Change from last year’s ranking: +1

    Companies that call this city home: Snap Inc., SpaceX, Riot Games, Hulu

    (Image source: City of Los Angeles)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, New York

    4. New York City

    Change from last year’s ranking: -2

    Companies that call this city home: WeWork, Verizon, IBM Watson, Citigroup

    (Image source: City of New York)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, Silicon Valley

    3. Silicon Valley (San Francisco and San Jose

    Change from last year’s ranking: +1

    Companies that call this city home: Apple, Google (Alphabet), Facebook, HP, Intel, Netflix, Tesla

    (Image source: City of San Jose)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, London

    2. London

    Change from last year’s ranking: -1

    Companies that call this city home: Barclays, TransferWise, BP, ASOS.com, Monzo

    (Image source: City of London)

  • top technology and innovation cities, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Vienna, Houston, Melbourne, Seattle, Berlin, tokyo

    1. Tokyo

    Change from last year’s ranking: +2

    Companies that call this city home: SoftBank, Hitachi, Toshiba, Sony Corporation, Mitsubishi

    (Image source: City of Tokyo)

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News . Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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