Global Business Cities 2025

Statista City Reports 2025

Global Business Cities 2025

The Statista Global Business Cities Report ranks 200 of the most important business cities from 72 countries based on the most relevant data for business decision makers. Find out more about which cities have the highest potential and brightest future.

What's covered in the Global Business Cities Report?

  • Economic conditions, e.g. City product and unemployment rate
  • Demographics, with total population and growth rate up to 2025
  • Infrastructure, e.g. internet penetration
  • Logistics, such as shipping and airfreight volumes
  • Quality of life, e.g. air pollution and mean years of schooling
  • Note: content may vary between cities.


This reports brings together information on 200 most important business cities from 73 countries around the globe. Our intention is to provide valuable insights to support business decision-making, especially choice of location. This first edition covers much of the basic data relevant to businesses and ranks cities based on selected key aspects. The distribution of cities across the geographical regions and countries was based on their relative share of the global and regional economy. The individual cities included in this product were chosen based on their economic importance and geographical distribution.

Urbanization is a megatrend that has a profound effect on the global economy. Over half of the world’s population already lives in urban areas, and this number is expected to reach 68% by 2050. This phenomena is not only fundamentally changing the way in which individuals function in society, but also it has a transformative effect on industries, consumption patterns and supply chains.

What becomes evident when looking at how the urban centers around the globe are going to develop over the coming years, is the increasing importance of emerging and developing markets. According to the population forecasts, there's going to be 37 megacities with over 10 million inhabitants in 2025. Most of these urban concentrations are not going to be located in the developed countries.

This trend of increasing importance of mega cities in emerging markets is also evident when looking at cities with largest shipping volumes as the Asian shipping hubs like Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong are featured in the top. Another telltale is that the Chinese tech city of Shenzen now ranks highest in terms of GDP per capita with US$145,637, outrunning its western equivalent, San Francisco, by close to US$50,000.

  • Language: English
  • Released: December 2019
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