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The Top 100 Cities Primed for Smart City Innovation

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Identifying U.S. Urban Mobility Leaders For Innovation Opportunities; Cities are becoming smart. By investing in solutions that take advantage of the potential of big and open data to increase efficiency, cost savings, and opportunities for the public, cities are rapidly transforming into “smart cities.” But with over 90,000 local governments in the U.S., how do you know what cities will benefit the most from smart city initiatives? Here at CivicConnect we set out to answer that question, with a special focus on smart mobility. www.civicconnect.com

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The Top 100 Cities Primed for Smart City Innovation

  1. 1. THE TOP 100 CITIES PRIMED FOR SMART CITY INNOVATION Identifying U.S. Urban Mobility Leaders For Innovation Opportunities 7 March 2017
  2. 2. • Initial List: 285 largest (based on population size) U.S. incorporated communities • Data Source: 2010 U.S. Census • 10 criteria to represent smart city characteristics • Cities score 1 point for each criteria met Our Approach CATEGORY VARIABLE SCORING CRITERIA Population Characteristics Size > 500,000 residents Growth > 2% projected growth Density > 2 million in Core Based Statistical Areas Local Spending Local transportation+transit spending amount ($) > $5 billion in local transportation spending for entire state Local transportation+transit spending commitment (%) > 5% local transportation spending of total spending Regional involvement Top 25 spending Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) Transportation Interest Complexity > 1 mode of transit reporting to National Transit Database Transit ridership > 2 million unlinked passenger trips Smart City Interest Leadership Employs a CIO (or similar position) Activity Applied to USDOT Smart Cities Challenge Smart City Criteria by Category The Top 100 Cities Primed for Smart City Innovation, 2017
  3. 3. SCORE COUNT OF CITIES PERCENT OF CITIES 9 2 1% 8 4 1% 7 18 6% 6 14 5% 5 22 8% 4 43 15% 3 67 24% 2 71 25% 1 40 14% 0 4 1% Total 285 100% • 103 Smart Cities identified* • Score of 4 or more = Smart City • 36% of cities analyzed classified as Smart Cities • No city analyzed scored a 10 • Score of 9: Chicago and New York City • Score of 8: Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Riverside • Geographic Breakdown: • West: 40% • South: 33% • Midwest: 17% • Northeast: 11% Analysis & Findings The Top 100 Cities Primed for Smart City Innovation, 2017 Number of Cities by Smart City Score *Note that some scores resulted in a tie, leaving 103 cities classified as smart cities in our Top 100 list.
  4. 4. • In 2013 and 2014, local governments in the 285 cities spent a total of $1.4 trillion annually. • Largest spending category is Education at 41%. • Transportation and transit project spending at 9% ($137.6B). • Smart mobility projects may be funded through other sectors (e.g. government administration, environment, public safety) Smart City & Mobility Market The Top 100 Cities Primed for Smart City Innovation, 2017 Local government spending by sector (source: 2013 Census Annual Survey of State and Local Finance)
  5. 5. CHARACTERISTIC U.S. (2010) SMART CITIES (2010) Median Household Income $49,445 $48,542 Average Commute Time (mins) 25.9 24.3 Median Age 37 33 Percent Local Transportation + Transit Spending (2013) 12% 24% Percent Personal Vehicle 86% 82% Percent Public Transit 5% 8% Percent Active 3% 5% Percent Work from Home 4% 4% Smart City Profile The Top 100 Cities Primed for Smart City Innovation, 2017 Cities primed for Smart City innovation are: • Younger • Driving less in favor of other modes of transportation • Higher transportation expenditures • Note: transportation spending can vary significantly year to year due to external factors such as weather, grant funds, and programmed projects
  6. 6. Implication of Results The Top 100 Cities Primed for Smart City Innovation, 2017 Millennials… • Want reliable systems • Travel using multiple modes • Choose cost-savings & convenience Multi-Modal… • Equitable mode choices • Real-time data for users & operators • Infrastructure needs Regional Clusters… • Intermodal integration • Economic development opportunity • Emerging megaregions Source: APTA (2013) “Millennials & Mobility: Understanding the Millennial Mindset”
  7. 7. INFO@CIVICCONNECT.COM If you would like more information on the cities identified in this smart city analysis, please contact us at www.civicconnect.com You can access the complete white paper at: civicconnect.com/resources

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