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How Asian cities rank on the Smart City Index 2024

How Asian cities rank on the Smart City Index 2024


Singapore has emerged first among Southeast Asian nations ranked, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

The evolution of smart cities worldwide continues its progress, though at a slower rate than in recent years.

IMD's Smart City Index 2024 has ranked the performance of smart cities globally. Interestingly, changes were most notable among middle-ranking cities than among the top performers. That being said, Asia-Europe continues to dominate the rankings.

Similar to that of the previous years, the top 10 smart cities globally this year are as follows:

  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Canberra, Australia
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Singapore 
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • London, England
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE

More locally, Singapore has emerged at the top across Asia, followed by Beijing, China and Taipei, Taiwan. The full ranking of Asian cities is as follows:

No.CityGlobal ranking
2Beijing, China13th
3Taipei City, Taiwan16th
4Seoul, South Korea17th
5Shanghai, China19th
6Hong Kong20th
7Busan, South Korea45th
8Tianjin, China54th
9Zhuhai, China58th
10Shenzhen, China60th
11Nanjing, China62nd
12Hangzhou, China64th
13Guangzhou, China65th
14Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia73rd
15Chongqing, China82nd
16Bangkok, Thailand84th
17Tokyo, Japan86th
18Chengdu, China93rd
19Osaka, Japan95th
20Hanoi, Vietnam97th
21Jakarta, Indonesia103rd
22Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam105th
23Delhi, India106th
24Mumbai, India107th
25Bengaluru, India109th
26Hyderabad, India111th
27Makassar, Indonesia115th
28Manila, Philippines121st


The IMD Smart City Index 2024 assesses the perceptions of residents on issues related to structures and technology applications available to them in their city. This edition of the Index ranks 142 cities worldwide by capturing the perceptions of 120 residents in each city. The final score for each city is computed by using the perceptions of the last three years of the survey, with the weight of 3:2:1 for 2024:2023:2021.

There are two pillars for which perceptions from residents are solicited: the 'Structures' pillar, referring to the existing infrastructure of the cities, and the 'Technology' pillar, describing the technological provisions and services available to the inhabitants.

Each pillar is evaluated over five key areas: health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities, and governance.

Full methodology here.

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