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Dallas deemed among world's top cities of the future in new global survey

Dallas deemed among world's top cities of the future in global survey

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Dallas, Houston, and Austin all land on this list.  joe daniel price/Getty Images

When it comes to cities on track for continued global business success, Dallas is at the head of the class.

Dallas ranks No. 19 on the inaugural Tier 2 Cities of the Future 2020/21, released August 20 by the FDI Intelligence division of Financial Times. The report takes a "closer look at the non-capital cities capturing investors’ attention" worldwide. 

"Second-tier" cities across the globe — defined as non-capitals with a population under 8 million — were evaluated on 116 data points across five categories: economic potential, cost effectiveness, business friendliness, connectivity, and human capital and lifestyle.

In addition to taking 19th place overall, Dallas ranks eighth for human capital and lifestyle.

Texas has a stronghold on the global list, with Houston and Austin also appearing in the top 20. Houston claims the No. 3 spot, while Austin comes in at No. 11. Houston also ranks third for human capital and lifestyle and seventh for economic potential. Austin, meanwhile, ranks eighth for economic growth potential. 

At the top of the overall list is San Francisco, followed by Montreal at No. 2. 


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