Montreal has been ranked among the top 100 best cities in the world, according to Resonance Consultancy’s World Best Cities 2020 report.
The tourism, real estate, and economic development advisor, based out of Vancouver and New York, releases the ranking annually. This year, Montreal placed 45th, just after Osaka, Japan and ahead of Stuttgart, Germany.
The report ranks the relative quality of the world’s “principal cities” — the largest city in each metropolitan statistical area — with populations of one million or more, based on categories ranging from the physical place to prosperity to people.
“The World’s Best Cities rankings are composed of experiential factors that people consider most important in choosing a city to live and visit, as well as empirical factors that business decision-makers consider important for business or investment,” says Resonance Consultancy President and CEO Chris Fair in a release.
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The report analyzes cities based on the following categories:
Place – Focuses on the layers of a location’s physical experience. Think weather, safety, neighbourhoods and landmarks, and the great outdoors.
Product – Described as the ranking of a city’s “hardware,” looks at airport connectivity, attractions, museums, university rankings, and the like.
People – The diversity of the city’s population.
Prosperity – Focuses on number of Global 500 corporate headquarters and GDP — Gross Domestic Product — per capita.
Programming – Measuring the ” the experiential pillars of a great visit: food, shows, shopping and nightlife,” this category encompasses culture, nightlife, dining, and shopping.
Promotion – Covering a city’s “ability to tell its story,” this section looks at Facebook check-ins, TripAdvisor reviews, Google searches, Instagram hashtags, and more.
Montreal’s top-scoring categories, according to the report, is People, Programming, and Promotion.
Other Canadian cities on the global ranking include Toronto (the only Canadian city in the top 20), Vancouver at 41st, Calgary at 48th, and Ottawa at 77th.
London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Moscow took home the top five spots, respectively.