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Top 10 most innovative cities

Top 10 most innovative cities

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Are the most innovative cities in the world located in the U.S.? One Australian-based agency says so. Find out which cities are the most innovative in the world.

The fifth annual Innovation Cities Index was recently released by the Melbourne-based innovation agency 2thinknow, and it shows U.S. cities leading the way on innovation.

The index looked at 331 benchmark cities from around the world to identify "key city innovation in amidst moribund national economies."

Below, a top 10 list of the most innovative cities in the world:

1. Boston

2. San Francisco

3. Paris

4. New York

5. Vienna

6. Amsterdam

7. Munich

8. Lyon

9. Copenhagen

10. Toronto

Think your city is missing from the list? Here's how 2thinknow analysts measured innovation:

“Innovation Cities Global Index measures cities as innovation economies. This goes beyond technology or patents alone," said 2thinknow's Executive Director, Christopher Hire. "2thinknow analysts also collect data on assess transport, universities, arts, design, sustainability, economics, start-up facilities, labor as well as other factors to measure the opportunities cities offer their citizens. We aim to measure cities economic opportunity not nations.”

So what puts Boston at the top of the list? The analysts say that the city's dominant institutions like Harvard and MIT, businesses, and a strengthening start-up and arts network are what put Boston on top of the list.

See how the rest of the the 331 cities stack up around the world and in their regions.

Photo: Werner Kunz/Flickr

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Tyler Falk

Contributing Editor

Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure