Hometown Glory

Dallas declared one of the greatest cities on the planet

Dallas declared one of the greatest cities on the planet

Dallas skyline at night
Dallas was named one of the smartest cities in the world by the IESE Business School in Spain. Photo by Matt Pasant

Dallasites have long known that our fair city stacks up well against other major metropolitan areas, and now we have more than mere bravado to back it up. According to the IESE Business School's annual Cities in Motion Index, Dallas is one of the best cities in the world.

Dallas comes in at No. 13 out of 135 on the list, ranking behind only three other U.S. cities: New York City (No. 3), Philadelphia (No. 11) and Los Angeles (No. 12). Tokyo took top honors, with cities like London, Zurich and Paris rounding out the top five.

IESE Business School based its "smart cities" rankings on 50 indicators along 10 different dimensions. Those dimensions include governance, public management, urban planning, technology, environment, international outreach, social cohesion, mobility and transportation, human capital (ability to attract talent), and economy.

Dallas ranked high in human capital (No. 5), economy (No. 6) and governance (No. 10), but issues with social cohesion (No. 67) and public management (No. 74) prevented it from rising higher on the list. It's the fourth year in a row that Dallas has claimed the No. 13 slot in the annual survey.

The only other Texas city to make the list was Houston, coming in at No. 25.