Learn about the innovation activities taking place in cities.

Explore how cities around the world are applying innovation methods to tackle their tough challenges.

Demographic changes, climate change, and the advent of new technologies will dramatically change our cities and the way we live, demanding that civic leaders adapt and operate in radically new ways.

This site identifies and shares how cities around the world are investing in innovation, to ensure they’re constantly assessing and improving how they’re tackling problems and improving the lives of residents. This map is based on an initial survey of cities in OECD and non-OECD countries. The city information reflects data gathered from the city administration at the time of the survey. You can download the report here:

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Top innovation skill sets cities are hiring into city hall

Innovation requires a diverse set of skills. Here are the types of skills cities are bringing into city hall.

  1. 1

    Taking risks or testing new ideas

  2. 2

    Data-driven analytics/public data management

  3. 3

    Engaging residents in new ways

  4. 4

    Developing new solutions based on digital technologies

  5. 5

    Organizational change within the municipality

  6. 6

    Human-centered design

  7. 7

    Rethinking your city’s approach to financing partnerships

Average frequency of use for most common innovation activities

Cities are conducting seven key activities to tackle their biggest challenges.

Top policy areas cities are using innovation to tackle

Cities are applying innovation to a wide range of areas—from improving transport and mobility to enhancing the labour market.

Policy areas by number of cities

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Adelaide

(coming soon)

Akron

United States

197,846

Alexandria

United States

160,035

Amsterdam

(coming soon)

Anchorage

United States

298,192

Athens

Greece

665,000

Atlanta

United States

486,290

Aurora

United States

201,110

Austin

United States

950,715

Baltimore

United States

611,648

Barcelona

(coming soon)

Be'er Sheva

Israel

207,551

Bend, OR

(coming soon)

Bilbao

Spain

345,122

Bloomington, IN

(coming soon)

Bologna

(coming soon)

Boulder

United States

107,125

Braga

Portugal

192,494

Bratislava

(coming soon)

Bristol

(coming soon)

Brussels

(coming soon)

Buenos Aires

Argentina

2,890,000

Busan

(coming soon)

Cape Town

South Africa

3,740,026

Charlotte

United States

859,035

Chattanooga

United States

179,139

Chelsea

United States

39,699

Chicago

United States

2,700,000

Cincinnati

United States

301,301

Curitiba

(coming soon)

Curridibat

Costa Rica

32,443

Dallas, TX

(coming soon)

Denver

United States

693,060

Detroit

United States

673,104

Dublin

(coming soon)

Durham

United States

267,743

Edmonton

(coming soon)

El Paso, TX

(coming soon)

Enschede

(coming soon)

Fort Collins

United States

165,080

Fort Lauderdale

United States

182,827

Fortaleza

(coming soon)

Georgetown

United States

70,685

Glendale

United States

203,054

Godoy Cruz

(coming soon)

Gothenburg

(coming soon)

Granada

(coming soon)

Grand Rapids

United States

196,455

Helsinki

(coming soon)

Highland

United Kingdom

234,110

Hillsboro, OR

(coming soon)

Houston

United States

2,300,000

Huntington

United States

47,079

Incheon

(coming soon)

Indianapolis

United States

872,680

Irving

United States

234,710

Jersey City

United States

270,753

Jerusalem

Israel

857,752

Kansas City

United States

165,288

Lansing

United States

116,986

Leipzig

(coming soon)

Lexington

United States

321,959

Lima

(coming soon)

Lisbon

(coming soon)

Little Rock, AR

(coming soon)

Liverpool City Region

(coming soon)

Ljubljana

Slovenia

279,631

London

(coming soon)

Long Beach

United States

480,000

Los Angeles

United States

3,990,000

Louisville

United States

616,261

Maceio

(coming soon)

Madrid

Spain

3,200,000

Manteca, CA

(coming soon)

Maribor

(coming soon)

Medellin

Colombia

2,500,000

Memphis

United States

652,717

Mexico City

(coming soon)

Miami

United States

463,347

Minneapolis

United States

422,331

Mobile

United States

190,265

Montgomery, AL

(coming soon)

Montreal

Canada

1,820,000

Moscow

(coming soon)

New York City

United States

8,620,000

Oakland

United States

425,195

Oklahoma City

United States

643,648

Orlando

United States

280,257

Otsu

Japan

340,973

Oulu

(coming soon)

Palermo

Italy

673,735

Paris

France

2,200,000

Paterson

United States

147,000

Pelotas

(coming soon)

Peoria

United States

112,883

Philadelphia

United States

1,580,000

Pittsburgh, PA

(coming soon)

Portland, ME

(coming soon)

Providence

United States

180,393

Quillota

Chile

85,262

Reykjavik

Iceland

122,141

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

6,320,000

Riverside

United States

327,728

Rochester

United States

208,046

Rome

(coming soon)

Rosario

(coming soon)

Rotterdam

The Netherlands

623,654

Saint Paul

United States

306,621

Saltillo

Mexico

709,671

San Diego, CA

(coming soon)

San Francisco

United States

870,887

San Jose

United States

1,050,000

San Pedro Garza García

(coming soon)

Santiago de Chile

Chile

5,560,000

Scottsdale, AZ

(coming soon)

Seattle

United States

730,400

Seoul

Korea

9,780,000

Sintra

Portugal

377,835

Sioux Falls, SD

(coming soon)

Sofia

(coming soon)

South Bend

United States

102,245

Stockholm

Sweden

949,761

Syracuse

United States

143,378

São Paulo

Brazil

12,110,000

Tacoma

United States

213,418

Tallahassee, FL

(coming soon)

Tel Aviv-Yafo

Israel

429,515

Toronto

Canada

2,800,000

Toyama

(coming soon)

Tulsa

United States

403,090

Turin

Italy

886,837

Umea

(coming soon)

Utrecht

The Netherlands

350,000

Verona

(coming soon)

Vienna

(coming soon)

Vilnius

(coming soon)

Virginia Beach

United States

450,435

Walnut Creek

United States

69,773

Wellington

New Zealand

207,900

West Hollywood, CA

(coming soon)

Westminster, CO

(coming soon)

Wichita, KS

(coming soon)

Winnipeg

(coming soon)

Winston-Salem, NC

(coming soon)

Worcester, MA

(coming soon)