According to a new report from the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, Seattle is the second-best performing urban area in the world for economic development.
Researchers scored 61 global cities on a wide range of criteria which were divided into four categories: talent, technology, tolerance, and quality of place. Seattle was one of just eight cities to receive an A grade, and our overall score of 87.5 was second only to Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada.
Seattle scored best in the technology and quality of place categories, receiving an A+ grade overall for both. Our worst category was tolerance, with a B+ overall grade — while we aced civil rights, we got dinged with a C in religious diversity.