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Vancouver ranked one of the top global cities of the future

Vancouver city skyline during a bright sunny day from Granville Island

Vancouver has added to its growing list of accolades – the city has been named one of the best global cities of the future.

European digital parking service provider EasyPark Group recently released its Cities of the Future Index, which looked at what global cities are using technology to create a more sustainable and livable present and future for their citizens.

“The Cities of the Future Index analyses the most technologically and sustainably advanced cities in the world,” the report states. “It considers 14 factors that contribute to entrepreneurial, environmental and societal progress.”

The study looked at more than 3,200 cities around the world, analyzing each one in four areas:

  • Digital Life - looking at the prevalence of world-class technology educational facilities and healthcare innovation systems, and the amount of technology that has been adopted by a city on an individual and governmental level.
  • Mobility Innovation - assessing the quality of parking innovation, traffic management and how green the transportation is.
  • Business Tech Infrastructure - looking at business innovation, the prevalence of e-payments and the overall internet connectivity.
  • Environmental Footprint - assessing climate response and overall waste management, the number of green buildings and how widespread the use of green energy is.

The cities were divided into three categories based on size and Vancouver ranked 14th among cities with a population between 600,000 and three million. While Vancouver ranked well across the board, its top scores came in:

  • Citizen adoption, which represents the propensity of citizens to adopt new technologies and shows to what extent they tend to be early adopters.
  • Parking innovation, which measures how widespread the use of parking technology is.
  • E-payments, which looks at the prevalence of digital payments.

Other Canadian cities that made the list include Quebec City, which ranked 26th among cities with a population between 600,000 and three million. For cities with more than three million people, Toronto came in 12th, followed by Montreal in 17th place.

Copenhagen took first place in the 600,000 to three million category, followed by Stockholm and Oslo. In 14th place, Vancouver beat out notables such as Hamburg, which came at 15th, Portland (17th) and Glasgow (23rd).

Vancouver has been raking up the accolades lately. The city recently ranked one of the most promising economic and investment locations of the future for North America; it’s been ranked one of the world’s most sustainable cities and is consistently named one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Published on Oct. 15, 2021.