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Boston declared one of the best cities in the world

New global ranking says Boston is well-positioned to bounce back from its current challenges.

Written by
Eric Grossman

A new list of the world’s best cities was recently released, and Boston made the cut, coming in at number 35 overall.

That’s right, we may have lost the top spot to London, but Resonance Consultancy, the organization behind the annual list ranking cultural capitals, says it sees enough promising developments here to keep Boston in contention for the top spots.

“A hub of higher education and home to the fourth-best-educated workforce in the nation, Beantown produces a steady stream of new talent to help attract start-ups and established companies alike,” the report states. “New students flock here, to arguably the continent’s largest university town, by the tens of thousands every year and become smitten with the crooked narrow streets and storied pubs, blended with American optimism and East Coast connectivity.”

You may be wondering how exactly they determined this ranking. Well, a number of factors played a part in determining the list. In addition to user-generated reviews and online activity on platforms like Google, Facebook and Instagram, the rankings take into account a city’s reputation, museums, culinary experiences, transit hubs, number of Global 500 corporations and many more factors. It used six broad categories to analyze each city's merits: Place, Product, Programming, People, Prosperity and Promotion.

If you want to read up on a few people helping to move Boston forward, check out our feature on the 10 people, places and things making a better Boston right now.

Keep an eye on Time Out Boston for all the latest news about the city.

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