Building Better Cities: Competitive, sustainable and livable metropolises in APEC (and how to become one)

Two hundred and ten million people. That’s the aggregate population of the 28 urban centers covered in our first-ever Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) city study. Two hundred and ten million people who are looking for work, for a safe home, for food, water, and care. Two hundred and ten million people who might hope for even more: maybe a more responsive government, public transport, and clean air. Or, perhaps, an airport with regular connections to the rest of the world or rapid-fire online access to global knowledge.

They’re also expecting that their home city is working to provide such benefits equitably—that each and every resident has the possibility of playing in parkland with their children or finding care in a well functioning hospital. They might aspire to intellectual stimulation and a quick route to beauty.

How do 210 million people create a home like this for themselves? And can that welcome be extended to all the home’s visitors, and to its businesses and investors? Is it possible?

We looked at just that. Our Building Better Cities study ranks 28 APEC cities—representing all APEC’s 21 economies—according to their relative performance across 39 indicators measuring, quite simply, a city’s livability, sustainability, and competitiveness.

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