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 labor market.

Policy areas by number of cities

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Adelaide

Australia

1,350,000

Akron

United States

197,846

Alexandria

United States

160,035

Amsterdam

The Netherlands

862,965

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

Spain

1,640,000

Be'er Sheva

Israel

207,551

Bend, OR

United States

91,385

Bilbao

Spain

345,122

Bloomington, IN

United States

84,981

Bologna

Italy

392,027

Boulder

United States

107,125

Braga

Portugal

192,494

Bratislava

Slovakia

435,000

Bristol

United Kingdom

463,400

Brussels

Belgium

180,000

Buenos Aires

Argentina

2,890,000

Busan

Korea

3,500,000

Cape Town

South Africa

4,490,000

Charlotte

United States

859,035

Chattanooga

United States

180,557

Chelsea

United States

39,699

Chicago

United States

2,700,000

Cincinnati

United States

301,301

Curitiba

Brazil

1,930,000

Curridabat

Costa Rica

78,000

Dallas, TX

United States

1,320,000

Denver, CO

United States

716,492

Detroit

United States

673,104

Dublin

Ireland

554,554

Durham

United States

267,743

Edmonton

Canada

933,000

El Paso, TX

United States

649,133

Enschede

The Netherlands

159,000

Fort Collins

United States

165,080

Fort Lauderdale

United States

182,827

Fortaleza

Brazil

2,600,000

Georgetown

United States

70,685

Glendale, CA

United States

206,283

Godoy Cruz

Argentina

205,537

Gothenburg

Sweden

592,000

Granada

Spain

232,462

Grand Rapids

United States

196,455

Helsinki

Finland

653,867

Highland

United Kingdom

234,110

Hillsboro, OR

United States

103,350

Houston

United States

2,300,000

Huntington

United States

47,079

Incheon

Korea

3,021,000

Indianapolis

United States

872,680

Irving

United States

234,710

Jersey City

United States

265,549

Jerusalem

Israel

857,752

Kansas City

United States

165,288

Lansing

United States

116,986

Leipzig

Germany

600,000

Lexington

United States

321,959

Lima

Peru

9,670,000

Lisbon

Portugal

547,733

Little Rock, AR

United States

198,606

Liverpool City Region

United Kingdom

1,530,000

Ljubljana

Slovenia

279,631

London

United Kingdom

9,000,000

Long Beach

United States

480,000

Los Angeles

United States

3,990,000

Louisville

United States

616,261

Maceio

Brazil

1,010,000

Madrid

Spain

3,200,000

Manteca, CA

United States

85,000

Maribor

Slovenia

110,513

Medellin

Colombia

2,500,000

Memphis

United States

652,717

Mexico City

Mexico

8,920,000

Miami

United States

463,347

Minneapolis

United States

422,331

Mobile

United States

190,265

Montgomery, AL

United States

205,501

Montreal

Canada

2,030,000

Moscow

Russia

12,640,000

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

Finland

203,567

Palermo

Italy

680,000

Paris

France

2,200,000

Paterson

United States

147,000

Pelotas

Brazil

342,405

Peoria

United States

112,883

Philadelphia

United States

1,580,000

Pittsburgh, PA

United States

301,048

Portland, ME

United States

66,882

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

Italy

2,880,000

Rosario

Argentina

995,000

Rotterdam

The Netherlands

623,654

Saint Paul

United States

306,621

Saltillo

Mexico

709,671

San Diego, CA

United States

1,430,000

San Francisco

United States

870,887

San Jose

United States

1,050,000

San Pedro Garza García

Mexico

123,156

Santiago de Chile

Chile

5,560,000

Scottsdale, AZ

United States

255,310

Seattle

United States

744,955

Seoul

Korea

9,780,000

Sintra

Portugal

377,835

Sioux Falls, SD

United States

176,888

Sofia

Bulgaria

1,560,000

South Bend

United States

102,245

Stockholm

Sweden

974,073

Syracuse

United States

143,378

São Paulo

Brazil

12,110,000

Tacoma

United States

213,418

Tallahassee, FL

United States

193,000

Tel Aviv-Yafo

Israel

429,515

Toronto

Canada

2,800,000

Tulsa

United States

403,090

Turin

Italy

886,837

Umea

Sweden

129,000

Utrecht

The Netherlands

350,000

Verona

Italy

257,993

Vienna

Austria

1,900,000

Vilnius

Lithuania

600,000

Virginia Beach

United States

450,435

Walnut Creek

United States

69,773

Wellington

New Zealand

207,900

West Hollywood, CA

United States

36,000

Westminster, CO

United States

114,000

Wichita, KS

United States

385,000

Winnipeg

Canada

753,700

Winston-Salem, NC

United States

243,447

Worcester, MA

United States

185,677