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This system is a standardised socio-economic database and report library of the world’s major metropolitan areas, covering 1,150 cities worldwide. 

It provides access to valuable insights for strategic planning and future trend prediction, allowing the identification of business opportunities and threats in this growing community that currently represents more than half of the world’s population.

The database provides up to 270 socio-economic indicators for 1,150 cities, while the fully cross-comparable reports provide the data plus expert analysis of 126 the major cities.

Including historic data from 2005 to 2013 and forecasts to 2020, the data profiles and analysis examine economic indicators such as; GDP and employment breakdowns, number and types of businesses, full demographic breakdowns, CPI inflation, household incomes, consumer expenditure, registered vehicles, air pollution, tourist arrivals and more.

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City Review

Chicago City Review

Chicago has a well-developed financial and professional services industry, thanks to the availability of an educated workforce, beneficial business environment and high quality of life. The city is a major financial centre in North America. In 2012, ...

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Phoenix City Review

Phoenix is one of the major economic centres in the US Southwest thanks to its good geographic location, trade and tourism activities. The city is also a hub of outsourced activities in business services. Strong economic potential, cheap housing and ...

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San Francisco City Review

San Francisco is a sophisticated knowledge-based economy. Its leading industries include IT and software, life sciences, biotech, clean technology and financial services. The high-tech industry is expected to sustain the city’s GDP growth to 2017. ...

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Vancouver City Review

In 2012, Vancouver was home to 2.3 million people, and thanks to Canada's liberal immigration policies and well-promoted liveability of the city, the city's population is rapidly growing. Vancouver is also an expensive city in which to live in ...

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New York City Review

New York is the world's leading city by business services GVA - not least thanks to the thriving finance industry in the city. The high-value-added jobs in business services and high labour productivity make the city's population the most affluent in...

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Houston City Review

Houston has among the best-developed infrastructure in the US. The city's port handles the second largest cargo tonnage in the country, while Houston Airport System is one of the top four air hubs in the US. In 2012, the metropolitan region was home ...

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Los Angeles City Review

With over 13 million inhabitants in 2012, Los Angeles is the second city in importance in the US. The city concentrates television and film production, and is often referred to as the world's entertainment capital. Besides high-value-added jobs in ...

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Miami City Review

In 2012, Miami registered the third largest share of GVA derived from services among world's major cities, with commerce accounting for 30% of Miami's GVA. Miami's economy is greatly shaped by the area's attractiveness to tourists and its role as a ...

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Montreal City Review

Montreal stands out in Canada for its scientific, retailing and logistics potential. The city continues growing both in terms of population and GDP. The Port of Montreal, the second biggest container handling port in the country, is an important hub ...

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Toronto City Review

In 2012, Toronto metropolitan region accounted for 15% of Canada's GVA and was home to 5.7 million people. The city is the third largest financial centre in North America, hosting international banks, accounting and insurance companies. The Toronto ...

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Munich City Review

Munich is a major centre of manufacturing and business services in Germany with high-tech factories, banks and IT firms. The city benefits from a high concentration of skilled employees and qualified immigrants who are successfully integrated into ...

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Montevideo City Review

With two million people in 2011, Montevideo is a relatively small city compared to other capital cities in Latin America. At the same time, its small size brings order and a quality of life that other cities in Latin America often lack. Recently, the...

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Wuhan City Review

Wuhan is located in central China, at the major river ways connecting the city to the country's coastal areas. The convenient geographic location has helped the city to prosper as a hub for manufacturing, logistics and education. Wuhan is striving to...

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Casablanca City Review

Casablanca is a major economic centre in Morocco. The city's economy, besides serving the trade activities of the country, is also increasingly focused on providing outsourced services for French companies. Casablanca also aims to transform into a ...

Sep 2013 | US$650 | Pages: 25 | Add to cart | View details

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Karachi City Review

Karachi is one of the most populous metropolises worldwide, being home to 21 million people in 2011. Its economic potential is large, but constant violent strife among its ethnically diverse population has earned Karachi the title of the most ...

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Guatemala City Review

Violence and poverty are common in the cities of Central America, and the Guatemala metropolitan area often ranks even worse than cities in the neighbouring countries. Guatemala's civil war ended in 1996, but the city is still overwhelmed by neglect ...

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Sarajevo City Review

Sarajevo is a prime economic centre in Bosnia and Herzegovina, contributing nearly a quarter of national GDP and home to 11% of the country's population. The 1984 Winter Olympics marked the city's glory days, while the siege in the 1990s undermined ...

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Douala City Review

Douala, an economic powerhouse of Cameroon, contributed 31% to national GDP with just 11% of the country's employed population in 2011. The city's port, one of the largest on Africa's Atlantic coast, is a focal point of local economic activities. ...

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Lagos City Review

Back in the 1970s, Lagos was considered so overcrowded that plans were made to move the official capital of Nigeria to a purpose built city. Regardless of any urban planning attempts, Lagos continued sprawling, with 70% of its population living with ...

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Nairobi City Review

Home to numerous international organisations and companies, Nairobi's importance reaches far beyond Kenya's borders. The share of business services (i.e. industries of high value-added services) is steadily growing, rising from 17% to 20% of local ...

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Doha City Review

Doha is booming on all fronts. Over 2006-2011, the Qatari capital saw the fastest growing economy in the Gulf, expanding at an impressive 16% rate per year. A major boost to growth came from the country's thriving oil and gas industries and Qatar's ...

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Amman City Review

Amman is playing an increasingly important role in the Middle East. During 2006-2011, Jordan's capital city was one of the fastest growing economies in the region with an average annual GDP growth rate of 5%. With no oil deposits to boast, Amman ...

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Kuwait City Review

Kuwait City is the economic backbone of Kuwait, a Gulf state that still has significant oil reserves. In 2011, 66% of Kuwait City's GDP originated in manufacturing and mining, making it one of the least diversified economies in the region. Being more...

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Manama City Review

Manama is one of the most service-orientated economies in the Gulf. Bahrain actively promotes the diversification of its economic base due to its limited oil resources in comparison to other Gulf states. In 2011, 49% of the city's GDP was generated ...

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Frankfurt am Main City Review

Frankfurt is the fourth largest metropolis in Germany in terms of GDP, trailing Munich, Berlin and Hamburg. Known as Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt boasts the highest share of GDP originating in the business services sector (43% in 2011) ...

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Seoul City Review

Seoul has its sights on becoming a leading business hub in Northeast Asia. Its strengths lie in a hard-working and educated workforce and superb infrastructure. 47% of the city's inhabitants aged 15+ hold a tertiary degree. The world's best airport, ...

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Guayaquil City Review

Guayaquil is a major city in Ecuador, surpassing Quito, the country's capital city, in terms of population. Guayaquil's economic importance is primarily based on its seaport, which handles more than half of Ecuador's exports and imports. Cyclical ...

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San Jose City Review

San Jose, Latin America's leading location for outsourcing activities, accounts for an impressive 87% of total GDP from business services in Costa Rica. Numerous multinationals are attracted to the city for its well-educated and bilingual employed ...

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Santo Domingo City Review

Occupying a prominent place in the Dominican Republic's thriving tourism industry, Santo Domingo derives the biggest share (38%) of its GDP from commerce. This proportion in fact ranks among the highest worldwide. Santo Domingo's vibrant economy does...

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Cairo City Review

A prominent trade and tourist hub, Cairo contributes 36% of Egypt's total GDP, with 25% of the country's employed population as of 2011. However, internationally, the city's economic footing is shaky: Cairo's labour productivity (or GDP per employee)...

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Taipei City Review

Taipei is a widely recognised high-tech hub, encompassing the headquarters of major companies such as Acer, Compal Electronics and Foxconn. However, the future development of Taipei, particularly the size of its labour force, may be jeopardised by ...

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Tehran City Review

Tehran is a major economic powerhouse of Iran, producing 24% of the country's GDP as of 2011. Tehran's industrial make-up is much more diversified than that of the rest of Iran, with important categories in the city including business services (36% ...

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Jerusalem City Review

Jerusalem is an economically vibrant metropolis. Between 2006 and 2011, its real GDP grew by 5% per year, partly due to the growing economic role of business services sector. The city's high-tech industrial parks also contribute to Jerusalem's ...

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Riyadh City Review

Oil-dependent Riyadh derives the largest share, 44%, of its GDP from the manufacturing and mining sector. The oil industry is an important factor in boosting the city's average labour productivity (GDP per employee) ahead of many regional ...

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Kiev City Review

Kiev is a large city of 3.5 million people in Eastern Europe, with an economic potential that still needs to be realised: compared to its peer metropolises in the wider region, GDP per capita is relatively low in the city. Despite its poor economic ...

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Santa Cruz City Review

In terms of population, Santa Cruz is Bolivia's largest city and among the fastest growing in the world. After the discovery of South America's second largest gas field in the 1990s, the city was diversifying its economy away from agriculture, ...

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Cape Town City Review

Cape Town is the legislative centre and the second largest city in South Africa in terms of population, trailing Johannesburg. The city is admired for its access to both Indian and Atlantic oceans, beautiful sights and bustling nightlife. Cape Town ...

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Johannesburg City Review

Johannesburg is the financial centre and the most affluent metropolis in South Africa. Similarly to other South African cities, Johannesburg is coping with huge unemployment, uncontrolled crime, the spread of diseases (eg HIV), and income inequality....

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Abu Dhabi City Review

The UAE's oil giant, Abu Dhabi, is recognising the need to diversify its economy. By 2030, oil and gas activities are projected to comprise 40% of regional GDP, notably less than the figure of 60% in 2009. The city also aims to use its oil receipts ...

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Dubai City Review

Dubai, a renowned global business and tourist destination, saw its population more than double to 4.9 million between 2006 and 2011. After the city's bailout by Abu Dhabi in 2009, Dubai concentrated on trade and tourism to ensure recovery and future ...

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Ho Chi Minh City Review

Over the last few decades (since 1993), Ho Chi Minh City has undergone years of impressive population and economic growth. Due to intensive growth, the city's area is gradually expanding beyond its current borders, and provinces surrounding Ho Chi ...

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Kuala Lumpur City Review

Kuala Lumpur is the key political and economic hub of Malaysia. The official plans to place the city among the world’s top cities by 2020 include strong economic growth, tackling transportation challenges and bringing sustainable development to Kuala...

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Baku City Review

Baku claims the lion's share in the total GDP of Azerbaijan, accounting for 71% in 2011. The city plays a vital role not only within the national borders but also far beyond, as it is the origin of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the second ...

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Belgrade City Review

Belgrade is one of the largest metropolitan regions in the Balkans, second only to Athens. The city was badly hit by the dissolution of the socialist Yugoslavia. Formerly large industrial basins with tens of thousands of employees are struggling to ...

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Caracas City Review

Caracas is a city with a population of three million, crammed into a valley in northern Venezuela. Over 2000-2010, Venezuela's oil revenues did not compensate for mismanagement of the city. The city's infrastructure deteriorated and Caracas residents...

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Manila City Review

Manila is a key economic centre in the Philippines, with bustling activities in commerce, finance and outsourced services. To sustain its strong economic standing, Manila however has to solve many infrastructure challenges caused by its rapid ...

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Zagreb City Review

Zagreb is an important metropolitan region in Croatia and the Balkans, totalling 1.1 million in population in 2011. Consumer spending in Croatia is concentrated in Zagreb: the city accounts for 25% of the country's population and 60% of the country's...

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Lima City Review

Lima occupies a prominent place in Peru's economic scene, accounting for half of national GDP and locating over a third of the country's total population. By developing its Callao port and Jorge Chivez International Airport, Lima strives to become a ...

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Minsk City Review

In 2011, Minsk accounted for 23% of national GDP and 20% of the total Belarusian population. The city's larger involvement in foreign trade and a higher concentration of foreign direct investment compared to other Belarusian regions contributes to ...

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Mumbai City Review

Mumbai is India's financial hub and centre of the world's largest film industry. The city is confidently moving towards high value added economic activities. Mumbai's average household income is the second largest in India after Delhi. Yet living ...

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