OLD Leading Cities Rating Powered by Bright Cities

Understand Your City

The Leading Cities Rating powered by Bright Cities, fosters the natural instinct cities have to collaborate and share best practices while achieving their ultimate goal of sustainability, resiliency, and equity– becoming a Smart City.

Initial Rating Released

In collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, Leading Cities and Bright Cities focused on the U.S. cities that participated in the 100 Resilient Cities program. This initial cohort of rated cities will be expanded and will soon include cities from around the world.

Atlanta, GA
Berkeley, CA
Boston, MA
Boulder, CO
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
El Paso, TX
Houston, TX

Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Norfolk, VA

Oakland, CA
Pittsburgh, PA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
St. Louis, MO
Tulsa, OK
Honolulu, HI
Washington, DC


The Leading Cities Rating is based on the input of experts from around the world and powered by Bright Cities’ disruptive platform for Smart City transformation. We use data science to analyze and score publicly available data and compare a city’s score with that of an “ideal city.” This “ideal city” is determined using the best results already achieved by a city in each of the 45 indicators analyzed. These indicators are divided into ten categories: Governance, Economy, Education, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Health, Mobility, Security, Technology and Energy.

Unlike a traditional ranking, the Leading Cities Rating system does not create a false sense of competition between cities, which results when one city must be forced to a lower ranking in order for another city to move up. The Leading Cities Rating, created in partnership with Bright Cities, uses a scale of A+ to F to score each indicator and each city overall.