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Warsaw No. 19 Among Most Prosperous Cities
November 29, 2012   
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Warsaw ranks 19th in a new United Nations survey of the world’s most prosperous cities.

In the State of the World’s Cities: The Prosperity of Cities 2012/2013 report, Vienna tops the league table as the richest city and one offering the highest quality of life. The city maintained its no. 1 spot from the previous year, receiving an especially strong score for its diverse range of social integration programs designed to integrate ethnic minorities and immigrants into the local population.

Vienna is ahead of New York and Toronto, while Western European cities dominate among the top 10. The highest-ranked Asian city is Tokyo, in 10th place.

Warsaw, the highest-ranked city in Central and Eastern Europe, with a prosperity index of 0.901 points, is in 19th place. It improved from the previous league table to join the 20 most prosperous cities worldwide. Warsaw, which earned recognition for its pace of growth and opportunities offered to residents, was ranked ahead of Prague (23rd place), Moscow (25th place) and Lisbon (20th place). Surprisingly for its residents, Warsaw received a high score for its infrastructure. The city also came out well in terms of environmental sustainability.

Social inequality is a problem in virtually every city. Warsaw is no exception, but it does much better in this respect than New York, for instance.

The Romanian capital Bucharest is in 29th place as the lowest ranking city in the European Union. The worst-performing European city is the capital of Moldova, Kishinev, which ranks 45th in the league table. But even the worst city in Europe does much better than African cities, which are at the bottom of the table. Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, has the lowest prosperity index.

The report evaluates a total of 69 cities from across the world in terms of prosperity. The cities are ranked according to economic productivity, quality of life, urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability and equity. Cities placing an equal emphasis on each category won the highest scores.
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