Creative Cities International, a New York-based innovative urban development company, released its Vitality Index rankings for the top U.S. cities. Seattle stands strong at number 3, preceded by New York and Chicago and followed by San Francisco and Boston. The variables are based on factors ranging from economic development to what city-dwellers deem exciting in their hometown.
The Vitality Index™ (VI) is a cultural impact study that models the human experience of the city at its heart. In practice, it is a ranking and assessment which applies the same level of rigor to qualitative factors as it does quantitative ones. It brings to life a city’s human strengths as it respects its complexities: a vibrant downtown, an engaged populace, educational opportunity, economic sustainability, good transport, diversity of population and opportunity, and a citizenry that embraces its history and culture.