Central to our programming is the YouthfulCities Index, an unparalleled global ranking system that measures all aspects of urban living from employment, public space, transit, and education to diversity of food, nightlife, and entrepreneurship. We have ran a Global Index in 2015 and 2014 to rank the best cities in the world for youth. 


The YouthfulCities Index is a culmination of input from 10,000+ youth who live in 55 mega cities across 6 global regions. The Index comprises and tracks over 101 unique indicators and 5000+ points of data, creating unreplicated and unparalleled base of knowledge about youth in cities. The Index reveals how people between the ages of 15-29 view their world, what is critical to them in their cities, and illuminates the “social currency” that determines the commerce and communication that engages them.

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About the 2015 Report


This report is an amalgamation of data, research, and perspectives from the YouthfulCities Survey, Index, Global Summit Delegates, and Hackathons. It includes a total of 101 indicators organized across YouthfulCities’ 20 Urban Attribute categories, grouped into three themes: Live, Work, and Play. The 2015 Index expanded the number of cities involved, offering a more in-depth understanding of what is working in cities.


As you flip through the report, you will see that each of our 20 Urban Attributes is approached from a few different perspectives: first we have the city rankings, and the observations made based on these rankings; then, we have the input from our Global Summit delegates and the results of the Hackathons which explore the Challenges, Visions, and Innovations. We invite you to explore what youth want from cities, how they envision the future of urban life, and how we can drive that vision forward.

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About the 2014 Report


In 2014, we launched the inaugural YouthfulCities Index, the first ever ranking of metropolises from a youth perspective.  In collaboration with thousands of young people around the world (across five global regions), we developed a rich reservoir of youth-centred data on what matters to young people in their cities. Over 100 unique indicators were developed to measure all aspects of life in a city — from green space, public transportation and access to education to diversity of food, nightlife and entrepreneurship. We are proud to say that the Financial Times has backed our methodology and that their statisticians have given us their seal of approval. 

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