Global Cities Quiz

Name the world's 50 most influential cities, according to A.T. Kearney
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Last updated: October 8, 2018
First submittedSeptember 20, 2010
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Rank
City
1
New York City
2
London
3
Paris
4
Tokyo
5
Hong Kong
6
Los Angeles
7
Singapore
8
Chicago
9
Beijing
10
Brussels
11
Washington D.C.
12
Seoul
13
Madrid
Rank
City
14
Moscow
15
Sydney
16
Berlin
17
Melbourne
18
Toronto
19
Shanghai
20
San Francisco
21
Vienna
22
Amsterdam
23
Barcelona
24
Boston
25
Buenos Aires
26
Istanbul
Rank
City
27
Montreal
28
Dubai
29
Frankfurt
30
Miami
31
São Paulo
32
Munich
33
Zurich
34
Rome
35
Atlanta
36
Geneva
37
Vancouver
38
Mexico City
Rank
City
39
Stockholm
40
Milan
41
Houston
42
Copenhagen
43
Bangkok
44
Dublin
45
Taipei
46
Dallas
47
Prague
48
Seattle
49
Kuala Lumpur
50
Osaka
+12
Level ∞
Oct 8, 2018
I reset this quiz to use a different source. The original source made some absolutely bizarre choices such as including Nicosia in its top 100.
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Level ∞
Nov 14, 2018
I'm aware that this list has its flaws too. Maybe someone will make a better one some day.
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Level 64
Nov 19, 2018
Smart move. I've been to Nicosia, how can that city be on the top 100 on anyone's list except "Top 100 cities that are divided between 2 countries.
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Level 26
Jul 4, 2019
Cyprus is a very underrated nation though.
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
Cyprus hás influenced jetpunk comments section highly ;)
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Level 72
Oct 8, 2018
Can't believe there are so few Chinese cities, no Indian cities & so few Asian cities overall
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Level 63
Apr 29, 2019
Not a single african city...
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
12/50 isnt that few. If you go by 7 continents and obviously disregard antarctica. Oceania you could sort of disregard aswell (sorry people, just in this case ;) ) That leaves you the 5 continents were most of the population is. 12 is more than 1/5 of 50.
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Level 83
Oct 8, 2018
I would argue places like Guangzhou and Mumbai and even Cairo would be somewhat more important than Stockholm, Copenhagen or Dublin. Others that might be replaced: Vienna and Prague. It is somewhat sad that not even a single African city is included.
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Level 63
Oct 9, 2018
I definitely agree about Guangzhou and Mumbai, and for sure Dublin. However, Vienna is pretty important, and Prague is also kind of important.
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Level 79
Nov 19, 2018
It's hard to imagine how Vienna or Prague are more influential than Mumbai, Guangzhou, or Delhi.
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
I might be missing something obvious here, but in what way is mumbai influential? I can only think of bollywood but wouldnt see that as something influential.
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Level 44
Apr 7, 2020
Mumbai is the biggest city in India. Sure it is known for Bollywood but the economy of Mumbai is comparable to Singapore's economy.
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Level 79
May 7, 2020
Mumbai is the economic, commercial, and cultural capital of India, soon to be the most populous country in the entire world. It's home to 20 million people, making it the 6th largest city on Earth. The Indian film industry, by far the world's most prolific film industry, is centered there. It's one of the top ten centers of international commerce in the world, with a GDP over $300 billion with billions in international trade flowing in and out. It's home to multiple UNESCO world heritage sites and the center of Marathi culture, history, cuisine etc in India. How does Prague stack up against that?
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Level 23
Jun 8, 2020
Prague is European. You guys need to remember that history has influenced this list. Asian and African cities are becoming more important, but they had to catch after the explosion of technology coming out of Europe and North America.
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Level 52
Nov 19, 2018
Well, Guangzhou for example is of course a huge city with big importance in its own region, but on a global scale it isn't that important. Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong are much more international than Guangzhou. There are hundreds of Asian and African cities bigger than Geneva but Geneva is one of four UN cities and it has dozens of international organisations (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_international_organizations_based_in_Geneva), which makes it a global city without doubt.
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Level 76
May 19, 2020
Key parts of the computer you typed that on were probably made in Guangzhou. It's the biggest city in the world by some measures and a major center of manufacturing.
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Level 64
Nov 19, 2018
Vienna is the city where OPEC is based, hence that is why it is on the list.
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Level 57
Jun 14, 2020
Vienna was the center of many empires, it was the starting point of the Thirty Years' War and WWI and it is one of the United Nations capitals and it is the seat of OPEC. I would like you to find similar amounts of justification for other cities on that list XD
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Level 74
Oct 8, 2018
Way too eurocentric
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Level 61
Nov 19, 2018
well, haven't you noticed, that Europe has quite some influence in the world?
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Level 79
Nov 19, 2018
It's not 1900 anymore.
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Level 59
Nov 23, 2018
Europe still has more influence than most of the rest of the world. Though the USA and parts of Eastern Asia probably have more.
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Level 79
May 7, 2020
^ sure. But this list is still oddly Eurocentric. Like was pointed out before, it makes no sense to have Prague over Mumbai. But I'm sure a closer examination of the criteria might reveal why, if it wasn't just an arbitrary decision.
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Level 71
Oct 8, 2018
Yeah, it's a little head-scratch-worthy that a place like Guangzhou that probably produces at least a quarter of the items in your house isn't up there while Geneva - what happens there? - is present. Or any of the other numerous old school European cities that don't have much of an impact these days.
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Level 64
Nov 19, 2018
Well it is the money laundering centre for all those African dictators who steal money from the country.
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Level 39
Jun 10, 2020
A lot of UN and other neutral organizations are based out of Geneva
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Level 66
Oct 8, 2018
Well Geneva and Vienna are hosting a lot of international organisations. It would drastically delay international progress if those two are swallowed by an hypothetical earthquake, I guess.
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Level 72
Oct 9, 2018
If you read the actual report, you'll see why we're all taking exception to the many exclusions to this list. To begin with (you might consider reflecting this in the description, Quizmaster?), the Global Cities report doesn't actually say it's listing the most"important" cities, but rather the most *influential*. Its definition of "influential" is based on criteria such as business activity, human capital, information exchange, political engagement, etc. – basically, all things that add up to *economic* influence, not cultural, historical, environmental, religious or other important types of societal relevance. And finally, the report is primarily based on *past* indicators; "potential" doesn't really seem to come into play, unless the city is already deemed "thriving". (Although they do have a separate "Outlook" index, which is more inclusive of emerging economies .) ~~ || ~~ Anyway, I hope that sheds a little light on the selections. The report's an interesting read!
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Level 88
Oct 10, 2018
Thank you! Your comment made me go read the report and this whole quiz makes a lot more sense now. Very interesting read
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Level ∞
Nov 14, 2018
Changed the description to influential, thanks.
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Level 64
Nov 19, 2018
If it's mainly about economic influence I think it's even weirder that Guangzhou doesn't make the list.
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Level 84
Oct 9, 2018
Makes sense considering how the information was analyzed.
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Level 72
Oct 9, 2018
Even if the definition is 'influential', it's strange for places like Copenhagen and Prague, delightful as they are, to appear above Delhi or Mumbai.
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Level ∞
Nov 14, 2018
Yeah, seems like Mumbai and Guangzhou should appear on the list. Probably Delhi too.
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Level 45
Dec 5, 2018
Agreed, I was quite surprised Guangzhou, Mumbai, and Delhi are not on the list, and Dublin is.
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Level 64
Oct 9, 2018
No African cities, no Indian cities...not too credible.
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Level ∞
Nov 14, 2018
It really depends on the methodology I guess. Africa doesn't exert significant technological or political influence on the rest of the world. But certainly a city like Lagos is very influential to the people of Nigeria and that is a lot of people.
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Level 66
Nov 19, 2018
Funny to see the difference between England and France, central states, that have just one city each, and our small tiny federalist Switzerland that has two
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Level 52
Nov 19, 2018
10/50 US cities :') Let me guess this A.T. Kearney consulting firm is from the US right ? I see...
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Level 50
Jan 10, 2020
hate to break it to you, but the U.S. is the most influential country in the world, if you hadn't noticed
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Level 58
May 7, 2020
yeah im canadian, and i am not too fond of americans, but america is the most influential country... love it or hate it.
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Level 45
May 7, 2020
It's not. China is. Just because you're western you feel that way. 60% of the world resides in Asia, I would imagine that the largest country in Asia would have the most influence in Asia and thus in the world.
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Level 23
Jun 8, 2020
Maybe, but the US has influence on continents. We're not saying the US is the only relevant place, we're saying their contributions in world history have temporarily left them as the only superpower. Temporarily, because other countries are fighting to become superpowers as well.
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Level 49
Nov 19, 2018
Strasbourg? Luxembourg?
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Level 56
Nov 19, 2018
I guess the Source is baised. Mostly Europe and America. No Guangzhou, Mumbai, Chongqing, Delhi, Lagos, Cairo, Johanesburg, Kinshasa...... But yes Prague, Seattle, Zurich, Geneva, Taipei, or Stockholm.......
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Level 64
Nov 19, 2018
Read the report and consider the source.
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Level 55
Nov 20, 2018
Agreed. No way Stockholm or Atlanta is more important than any of those cities
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Level 45
Dec 5, 2018
Atlanta might be influential because it's the largest airport?
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Level 47
Jan 2, 2020
Why Kinshasa tough? It isn't really a global city or something. Most people don't even now where Kinshasa is (not the dumb american who thinks Europe is a country, but the average average person). It's definately not very influential on a global scale
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Level 32
Nov 19, 2018
11 out of 50 from the US, while only 3 from Latin America and 0 from Africa. The arrogance/introversion of Americans can be truly breathtaking at times
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Level 64
Nov 19, 2018
This list is based on a report that analyzed all different kinds of data and applied that data using a uniform method. It is not arrogant to say that many American cities have more global influence (as the study defines that term) than most Latin American or African cities. It is the result of the numbers produced by this method. You can take issue with the methodology, sure, but the list is not just one person's opinion on which cities are cooler, nor is it reflective of some general American opinion. The report was prepared by one of the world's preeminent consulting firms, a firm with offices all over the world. In summary, shove it.
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Level 52
Nov 19, 2018
I'm really curious to see your explaination about the influence in the world of cities like Atlanta, Miami or Seattle... I mean in the world not in the USA. If you ask the average guy what is remarkable about Atlanta, except the O.G., you won't get anything...
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Level 57
Nov 19, 2018
@Julotek Atlanta is where Coca Cola was invented and is headquartered.
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Level 64
Nov 19, 2018
@Julotek, I didn't make this list. I don't know how their influence was calculated. I am not myself claiming the list is correct in how it reached its conclusions. I haven't looked at the list for more than a few moments. I was responding specifically to the suggestion that the list is simply a product of American arrogance. It isn't. It is based on a uniform analysis and application of data for each city (and I don't see "the average guy's" knowledge of a city among the criteria, nor should I). It's not like Miami was outside the top 50 and the list's authors said "Hey, Miami is totally sweet and America rules. Let's add it to the list." They identified factors they thought were relevant. They measured those factors for each city. They compiled the data into this list. And that's it.
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Level 52
Nov 19, 2018
Seattle is home to two of the world's top ten companies. I think that should be more than enough to qualify it for a spot in the top 50.
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Level 79
Nov 19, 2018
Atlanta is also home to the busiest international airport in the world, by a comfortable margin.
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Level 32
Nov 25, 2018
That's precisely what I am taking issue with. The methodology. Which was clearly devised based on some warped view of the world where the only thing that matters is $$$, coca-cola and how many NFL teams you have. Get some perspective, champ. You call your baseball league the "World series", for chrissakes.
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Level 45
Jan 3, 2019
Atlanta is also the headquarters of the CDC...
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Level 45
Oct 18, 2019
Well, seeing as this is based on most influential cities, and the U.S is the most influential country...
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Level 50
Jan 10, 2020
our baseball league is called the "World Series"? It's funny seeing Euros stereotype Americans for ignorance while knowing nothing about the country but the stereotypes they've repeated for years. But hey, your youths are wearing our clothes and listening to our music now, I'd be mad too.
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Level 45
Nov 19, 2018
Welp, that was random. Only got 37, wasted too much time on Indian, Chinese and African metropoleis
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Level 60
Nov 20, 2018
Jerusalem should definitely be there!
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Level 55
Nov 20, 2018
No way that Atlanta or Seattle are more important than Mumbai, Jerusalem, Cairo, or Jakarta
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Level 81
Apr 12, 2020
Amazon
Microsoft
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Level 43
Nov 20, 2018
Certain influences are obviously being ignored by the source for no apparent reason. Religious centres like Mecca and Jerusalem are incredibly influential. Much more so than a place with a big airport or a big factory.
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Level 63
Nov 22, 2018
It helps to know who created this list and how they went about doing it.

WHO: "A.T. Kearney is an American global management consulting firm that focuses on strategic and operational CEO-agenda issues facing businesses, governments and institutions around the globe."

HOW: "... cities such as these possess the right mix of factors such as business activity, human capital, information exchange, political engagement, and cultural experiences that help organizations and people to thrive...
the results of this report go beyond simply ranking cities. Instead, this analysis reveals which global cities are primed for urban transformation and growth—and those that are falling behind."
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Level 63
Nov 22, 2018
This looks like a VERY business centric list. That's one legitimate way to organize a compendium like this. The fact is that any attempt to quantify and rank global cities is going to fall short in one way or another.
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Level 72
Jan 5, 2019
Using any ratio of political, cultural, economic or lifestyle factors the top 20 in this list would be much the same. This list does seem a bit arbitrary after that
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Level 63
Apr 29, 2019
Having that in the description would certainly help to understand what "influential" means in this case. Otherwise, I'm missing Nashville as the most influential city on the world for the country music scene...
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Level 45
Dec 5, 2018
I only missed two on my first try - Dublin, and (shame on me) Sao Paulo. I'd have never guessed Dublin, to be honest. I typed Jakarta at least twice. Same with Guangzhou and Mumbai/Delhi. At some point, I figured out, it's going to be predominantly American and European, given the source, but still.
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Level 47
Jun 6, 2019
Aside from the euro-centrism, I do believe The Hague (ICC, International Court of Justice and seat of Dutch government) and Rotterdam (One of the busiest ports in the world) deserve a spot on this list above Amsterdam, which is although famous, only the capital of the Netherlands. Strasbourg as seat of the EU, and Nairobi as seat of the African Union and World Bank in Africa are valid suggestions aswell.
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Level 43
Jun 10, 2019
Mumbai at 52 and Delhi at 58, even Philadelphia is higher. I should not laugh at source's acknowledgement.
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Level 43
Jun 10, 2019
QM, I will suggest you to make your own list like you did it here
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Level ∞
Jun 10, 2019
Maybe I will
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Level 77
Sep 16, 2019
No Vatican City? Really?
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Level 51
Nov 4, 2019
I have no idea what this meant but i got 47/50 and only missed seattle montreal and frankfrut
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Level 58
Nov 20, 2019
Strange how so many American cities made the list...? America has been around for only 300 years while countries like China, France, and Great Britain's histories go back much further. I find it funny how resort cities like Miami can make the list because they have almost no impact whatsoever except for being a place to visit when you want a break.
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Level 60
Nov 27, 2019
I'm assuming that you are not from America. In America, cities like Miami and Seattle, both of which are neatly 1/6 the size of other cities such as San Antonio, Phoenix, San Diego, and Austin maintain extremely high recognizably, not just due to their "resort" status, but their massive influence on politics, pop culture, music, as well as their desirable locations. This is kind of like Milan appearing on the list instead of Rome. Whereas Rome is much larger and has a larger cultural heritage, Milan wields its major influence on fashion and culture.
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Level ∞
Nov 27, 2019
The urban population of Seattle is more than twice San Antonio's. Miami's urban population is more than three times that of San Antonio.
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Level 64
Feb 15, 2020
Marvellous, got all (first time) with 18 seconds left! Interesting how no African cities are on this quiz. I come from Kuala Lumpur (#49), and live in Suzhou, a city close to Shanghai (#19).
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
Not bad, missed Singapore, Buenos Aires, Munich, Vancouver, São Paulo, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur. Would have never thought of vancouver, and had dismissed kuala lumpur (mainly a time issue, would ve come around to it, but wanted to use my time to try others first). Missing singapore was really rather silly, but well, under pressure, Im quite happy with the result
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Level 44
Mar 28, 2020
I'm surprised that there is only 1 city in the UK compared to tons in the USA. Also surprised there were so few Chinese cities in comparison to the USA. Baring in mind there are over a billion people living in India, I'm surprised none of their cities are on this list. Quite a lot of it does make sense though.
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Level 45
Apr 29, 2020
Stinks how there isn't any African cities, and hardly any cities from Latin America. Also, I believe some cities in China, India, Japan etc are more influential than other cities on this list tbh.
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Level 51
May 7, 2020
Strange to not see Rio de Janeiro on this list
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Level 23
Jun 8, 2020
I didn't realize Canada was this influential. But maybe it's just hard for me to pick Canadian influence apart from American influence.