YouthfulCities has released its second annual YouthfulCities Index and Vancouver has managed a spot in the top 20. This year, the index ranked how 55 cities from around the appeal to and serve their young populations.
What is the most youthful city in the world in 2015, according to the index? New York City took top honours with a score of 1024.12 out of a possible 1600 points. London was ranked No. 2 and Berlin, San Francisco and Paris rounded out the Top 5.
Vancouver second ‘most youthful’ city in Canada
The first index was published in 2014 and ranked 25 cities. In that listing, Toronto took top honours; this year, the Big Smoke fell behind, dropping to No. 6. Vancouver was the second highest rated Canadian city in the index. Montreal came in third at No. 18.
The index’s rankings were based on 101 urban attributes including affordability, health, employment, transit and digital access. It is the first attempt to determine what young people (ages 15-29) are looking for in city life.
Youthfulness around the world
Interestingly, youthful cities come from all continents. Five of the six global regions in the study have cities in the top 20. North America has nine, Europe has five, Asia three and Latin America two. At No. 14, Tel Aviv is the lone representative for the Middle East. The highest rated African city was Johannesburg at No. 35.
All six global regions had cities at the bottom of the rankings as well:
- North America – Miami at No. 33;
- Europe – Istanbul at No. 43;
- Asia – Manila at No. 46;
- Middle East – Beirut at No. 52;
- Latin America – Caracas at No. 54; and
- Africa – Accra at No. 55
‘A time of unprecedented opportunity’
In an interview with Vancity Buzz, YouthfulCities co-founder Sonja Miokovic stresses the importance of accommodating young people, whom she calls the world’s largest untapped resource. With 50% of the world’s population under 30 and half of them living in cities, Miokovic says it is crucial that the people running and designing cities commit to attracting young people and enabling their success.
“Youth and cities –especially the largest ones – will together shape the future of the planet.”
What is your youthful city?
Curious about which youthful city you’d be happiest in? YouthfulCities has a quiz for you. Rank the urban attributes most important to you in the place you live, work and play and see which city is the match for you.