Cities Research Center

Innovation Geographies

Mapping Innovation Geographies

In our latest research, we cover over 100 cities globally to quantify their Innovation and Talent strengths. Based on our analysis, cities with similar characteristics have been grouped into 6 categories.

Use the interactive chart below to explore the city clusters and the unique strengths and weaknesses of 12 cities across 6 groups.

  • Global Leaders

    High performing on both innovation and talent
    Includes London, San Francisco, Tokyo, Paris, Sydney, New York.

  • Talent Rich

    Strong on both but outperforming on talent
    Includes Washington, Vancouver, Melbourne, Austin, Oslo, Helsinki.

  • Balanced

    Average performance on both metrics
    Includes Manchester, Warsaw, Brisbane, Charlotte, Dallas, Hong Kong.

  • Innovation Centric

    Strong on both but outperforming on innovation
    Includes Seoul, Beijing, Shenzhen, Madrid, Bangalore, Singapore, Dublin.

  • Emerging Innovators

    Good performance on innovation but lagging on talent
    Includes Osaka, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Dubai, Guangzhou, Istanbul.

  • Transformers

    Underperforming on both often with a changing economic base
    Includes Detroit, Hyderabad, Bucharest, Manila.

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Transformers

High performing on both innovation and talent

Includes London, San Francisco, Tokyo, Paris, Sydney, New York.

Strong on both but outperforming on talent

Includes Washington, Vancouver, Melbourne, Austin, Oslo, Helsinki.

Average performance on both metrics

Includes Manchester, Warsaw, Brisbane, Charlotte, Dallas, Hong Kong.

Strong on both but outperforming on innovation

Includes Seoul, Beijing, Shenzhen, Madrid, Bangalore, Singapore, Dublin.

Good performance on innovation but lagging on talent

Includes Osaka, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Dubai, Guangzhou, Istanbul.

Underperforming on both often with a changing economic base

Includes Detroit, Hyderabad, Bucharest, Manila.

Source: JLL, 2019

Why Innovation & Talent?

Our research confirms that cities which combine strong innovation capabilities and talent concentrations have outperformed in economic terms over the last couple of decades, but more interestingly it reveals a robust link between innovation and talent-rich cities and real estate performance.

Put simply, the top performing cities in JLL's Innovation and Talent Concentration indices have recorded the fastest office rental growth over the past decade and are attracting a higher proportion of real estate capital.


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Global Top 20 : Innovation & Talent

Innovation

  • 1San Francisco
  • 2Tokyo
  • 3Singapore
  • 4Beijing
  • 5London
  • 6San Jose
  • 7Paris
  • 8New York
  • 9Boston
  • 10Seoul
  • 11Shanghai
  • 12Los Angeles
  • 13Munich
  • 14Shenzhen
  • 15Seattle
  • 16Sydney
  • 17Toronto
  • 18Berlin
  • 19Amsterdam
  • 20Stockholm

Talent Concentration

  • 1London
  • 2San Francisco
  • 3Washington DC
  • 4San Jose
  • 5Seattle
  • 6Boston
  • 7Sydney
  • 8Paris
  • 9Oslo
  • 10Melbourne
  • 11Zurich
  • 12Austin
  • 13Denver
  • 14Helsinki
  • 15Edinburgh
  • 16Berlin
  • 17New York
  • 18Stockholm
  • 19Tokyo
  • 20Munich
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • EMEA
Source: JLL, 2019

Our Methodology

JLL's Innovation Geographies analysis includes two key elements, Innovation & Talent.
The following measures have been combined to assess each city's strengths:

Our Methodology

Global Research Contacts

Jeremy Kelly

Jeremy Kelly

Lead Director, Global Research, London

Jeremy is a Lead Director in JLL's Global Research team and is one of the spearheads of JLL's Cities Research Center. A passionate advocate of the role of real estate in driving city success, Jeremy is the author of several of JLL's Global Research publications, including the City Momentum Index and the Global Real Estate Transparency Index.

Carol Hodgson

Carol Hodgson

Director, Global Research, London

Carol is a Director in the Global research team and focuses on the cities research programme along with leading bespoke client work. Carol's interests include real estate economics and the key trends shaping the future of living. Carol has extensive experience in investment research and real estate forecasting.

Matthew McAuley

Matthew McAuley

Senior Analyst, Global Research, London

Matthew is a Senior Analyst in JLL's Global Research team with a keen interest in urban and regional economics and the impact of demographic trends on city performance. Matthew has contributed to a number of JLL's recent publications including the City Momentum Index, Global300 and the Investment Intensity Index.

Masha Seymour

Masha Seymour

Marketing Director, Global Research, London

Masha is the marketing lead for the Global Research team at JLL, responsible for the delivery of Global Research Marketing Programmes. Masha's main focus is on the development of multi-media research outputs, including interactive web-based applications, data visualizations and video content.