We are a city accustomed to hearing…”We’re #1! We’re #1!  This time, we are not. And frankly, I’m not sure if I can get over that. Ok, I’m over it. Hey look, consider how many cities there are in the WORLD. It’s a lot. So where Boston ranks on a list of the top 100 best…is actually pretty impressive. But we won’t rest until we are the best! Let’s go Boston!

A global leading advisor in tourism, real estate and econominc development, Resonance Consultancy, recently announced the world’s 100 top-performing cities. Their World’s Best Cities report rankings look at the overall performance of more than 250 cities. The “best” are determined on a wide variety of factors. The best places to live, invest, work and visit are most important.

See where Boston ranks and why below. Then you will see which 10 cities are the World’s Best!


  • Where's Boston?

    We’re #36! We’re #36! Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “We’re #1.” But, 36th in the WORLD? That’s pretty darn good. “America’s oldest big city has never been more current,” is how the article starts.

    Here’s exactly what the report says about the city that is #1 to us…Boston!

    Boston skyline

  • #1 City in the World: London, England

    London wins! The restaurants, tourism, convenience, cleanliness, public transportation, beauty, economy and people have driven London to the top of the list again. The Royal city continues to “reign as the planet’s best city for the seventh year running.” (Resonance.com)

  • #2 City: Paris, France

    According to the findings, Paris came back strong from the pandemic by opening the streets to people and closing many to traffic. It has become a city that embraces “pedestrianism and alfresco living.” But wait there’s more, “The torrent of new and renoed hotels in the city is also doubling down on outdoor spaces.”

    Eiffel Tower

    The Eiffel Tower in Paris. France
    (Photo: Graham Chadwick/Allsport for Getty Images)

  • #3. New York City, USA

    Don’t you hate it when New York beats us…at anything. They clearly did on this list. Congratulations to the “city that never sleeps.” Well deserved.

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    The Statue of Liberty stands in the foreground as Lower Manhattan is viewed at dusk,
    (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • #4. Tokyo, Japan

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    Mount Fuji is seen behind the city skyline at duskin Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

  • #5. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Day Two

    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -Matthew Fitzpatrick of England plays his second shot on the 13th hole as the Dubai City Skyline is seen in the background during Day Two of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 29, 2021  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

  • #6. Barcelona, Span

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    A general view of the skyline of city at dusk on March 17, 2020 in Barcelona, (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

  • #7. Rome, Italy

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    ROME: Italian shoppers browse for Christmas gifts at Via Condotti, which is the home to some of the world’s most famous designer boutiques (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

  • #8. Madrid, Spain

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    A general view of the Madrid skyline including the royal palace in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

  • #9. Sinapore, Republic of Singapore

    Gardens By The Bay - Supertrees Light Show Opens

    SINGAPORE – The Supertree Grove is illuminated during the Gardens by the Bay, Light and Sound show (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • #10. Amsterdam, Netherlands

    General Views of Amsterdam

    Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein, a canal and boat from on the Oudekerksbrug bridge and Oudekennissteeg in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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