China Integrated City Index 2019 Released, Beijing Ranks #1
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China Integrated City Index 2019 Released, Beijing Ranks #1

China Integrated City Index 2019, Beijing Ranks #1

The Cloud River Urban Research Institute recently released the China Integrated City Index for 2019, the fourth year in a row since its initiation in 2016.

Jointly developed by Cloud River Urban Research Institute and the Development Planning Department of the National Development and Reform Commission, the index is a system that evaluates the growth performance of 297 cities at prefecture-level or above across the country.


It measures urban development in three dimensions: environment, society, and economy. Under each dimension lies many indicators that support its sub-dimensions at different layers. All of its indicators are supported by 785 data sets, which come from statistical data, satellite remote sensing data, and internet data.


China Integrated City Index is a multi-modal index that analyzes and measures a city's development through statistical resources of different fields.


Table Attribute: The top 30 cities in the comprehensive ranking of China Integrated City Index 2019/ Source: Cloud River Urban Research Institute

Table Attribute: The top 30 cities in the comprehensive ranking of China Integrated City Index 2019/ Source: Cloud River Urban Research Institute


Comprehensive ranking


Beijing has topped the comprehensive ranking for four consecutive years and is followed by Shanghai and Shenzhen.


The top 10 cities in the comprehensive ranking are Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Tianjin, Nanjing, and Wuhan. The ten cities are located in five megalopolises, including three in the Yangtze River Delta Megalopolis, two in the Pearl River Delta Megalopolis, two in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Megalopolis, two in the Chengdu-Chongqing Megalopolis, and one in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River Delta Megalopolis.


In the comprehensive ranking, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou have been topping the list for four consecutive years with an overwhelming lead. They have their own unique advantages: Beijing has an unparalleled advantage in the social ranking, Shanghai tops the economic ranking, Shenzhen occupies the first place in the environmental ranking, and Guangzhou takes a leading role in all three dimensions.


Chongqing has seen significant growth in the comprehensive ranking, surpassing Tianjin and Hangzhou as it moves to the 5th from the 7th in 2018. On the other hand, Tianjin has fallen from the 5th in the 2018 ranking to the 8th, largely due to its drop in the environmental ranking from 21st to 40th. Hangzhou, Chengdu, and Wuhan have remained steady performance.


Environmental ranking


Shenzhen has been topping the environmental ranking for four years in a row. In the 2019 ranking, Shanghai and Guangzhou have climbed to 2nd and 3rd.


It is worth noting that CO2 emissions data is included in the China Integrated City Index 2019. Through years of efforts, the Cloud River Urban Research Institute has finally been able to calculate the CO2 emissions of each city through satellite data analysis and GIS analysis, which increased the accuracy and depth of its evaluations on the cities' performance. Of course, incorporating CO2 emissions in the evaluation system definitely has an impact on the ranking.


The top 10 cities in the environmental ranking are Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Linzhi, Qamdo, Xiamen, Sanya, Beijing, Rikaze, and Haikou.


Shenzhen has been topping the environmental ranking for four years in a row. Shanghai and Guangzhou, which took 8th and 7th, have climbed to 2nd and 3rd, while Beijing has dropped to 8th from 5th in the 2018 ranking.


It is worth noting that Linzhi, Qamdo, and Rikaze from Tibet Autonomous Region have made it to the top 10 cities in the ranking. As we have obtained more comprehensive data, Tibet is demonstrating more advantages in the environmental dimension of the index.


Xiamen, Sanya, and Haikou have been long leading in the environmental ranking. Although three cities in Tibet have made it to the top 10 rankings, Xiamen still secures its 6th place for three years in a row. Sanya and Haikou have dropped to 7th and 10th respectively.


Social ranking


Beijing and Shanghai have been taking first and second place in the social ranking for four consecutive years, while Guangzhou has secured third place for three years in a row.


The top 10 cities in the social ranking are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Nanjing, Wuhan, and Tianjin.


Beijing and Shanghai have been taking first and second place in the social ranking for four consecutive years, while Guangzhou has secured third place for three years in a row.


The social dimension has long been Shenzhen's weak point. But the city has seen a significant increase as it rises from the 8th in 2018 to the 4th in 2019. Nanjing also rises from the 10th to 8th in the newest ranking.


Chongqing, Chengdu, and Wuhan have secured their places, ranking 6th, 7th, and 9th respectively.

Hangzhou drops from 4th to 5th, while Tianjin drops from 5th to 10th.


Economic ranking


In the economic ranking, Shanghai has secured the top place, while Beijing and Shenzhen have taken the second and third places respectively for four years straight.


The top 10 cities in the economic ranking are Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Suzhou, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, and Nanjing.


Over the years, the economic ranking has seen the least changes compared to other rankings, with Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Suzhou occupying the top 6 for four consecutive years. Hangzhou has also secured the 8th in the past two years.


Chongqing and Nanjing take the 7th and 10th in the 2019 ranking, moving two and one places respectively from the previous year. Chengdu drops to the 9th, while Wuhan fails to secure the top 10, ranking only 11th.


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