Every few years, cities are rated ranked by the Globalization and World Rankings Research Institute. It is considered the leading institute ranking world cities.
Cities are ranked into Alpha, Beta and Gamma cities by taking into account many factors; economic factors are deemed more important than cultural or political factors though in this ranking.
Here’s a list with the latest data from 2018 (GAWC hasn’t done a study in 2019 yet). Spotted by Locals’ cities (most of “our” 73 cities are in one of the categories) are linked.
Alpha++ world cities
Alpha+ world cities
No changes here for years: Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo
Alpha world cities
Alpha− world cities
Dublin, Melbourne, Washington, New Delhi, Bangkok, Zurich, Vienna, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, San Francisco, Guangzhou, Manila, Bogotá, Miami, Luxembourgh, Riyadh, Santiago, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Lisbon,
Beta+ world cities
Prague, Ho Chi Minh City, Boston, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Athens, Munich, Atlanta, Bucharest, Helsinki, Budapest, Kiev, Hamburg, Bangalore, Rome, Oslo, Dallas, Caïro, Houston, Lima, Lagos, Caracas, Auckland, Capetown
Beta world cities
Beta− world cities
Port Louis, Minneapolis, Chennai, Stuttgart, Santo Domingo, Rio de Janeiro, Kuwait City, Cheng du, Panama City, Denver, Lahore, Jeddah, Tunis, Quito, Belgrade, Seattle, Manchester, Guatemala City, Lyon, San Jose, Tianjin, Calgary, Amman, San Juan, San Salvador, Antwerp, Zagreb, Kolkata, Tallinn, St Louis, Monterrey, Hyderabad, Edinburgh, San Diego, Cologne, Rotterdam, Dhaka, Islamabad,
Gamma+ world cities
Guayaquil, Cleveland, Riga, Baku, Adelaide, Vilnius, Birmingham (UK), Glasgow, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Colombo, Porto, Qingdao, Valencia, Detroit, Muscat, Osaka, Ljubljana, Kampala, Georgetown (CI), Managua, Durban, San Jose (US), St. Petersburg,
Gamma world cities
Phoenix, Tegucigalpa, Austin, Pune, Guadalajara, Dalian, Tbilisi , Dar es Salaam, Chongqing, Ankara, Lusaka, Ahmedabad, Cincinnatti, Asunción, Harare, Gothenburg, Xiamen, Mosul, Kansas City, Accra, Minsk, Tampa, Turin, Luanda, Abidjan, Tirana, Lausanne, Leeds
Gamma− world cities
Taichung, Charlotte, Baltimore, Raleigh, Belfast, Leipzig, Medellín, Wuhan, Duoala, Maputo, Skopje, Gaborone, Bristol, Orlando, Dakar, Suzhou, Malmö, Edmonton, Changsha, Strasbourg, Bilbao, Bologna, Columbus, Wellington, Nuremberg, Yangon, Xi’an, Krakow, Marseille, Dresden, Shenyang, Pittsburgh
The GAWC institute also created a very cool graphic of interconnectivity between these world cities from 2010 (PDF, large!)
We have some work to do to find locals and expand to all these cities :)