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November 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Seattle named smartest city in North America

Photo: ERIKA SCHULTZ/THE SEATTLE TIMES

Photo: ERIKA SCHULTZ/THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle is the continent’s smartest city, according to new rankings by the business magazine Fast Company.  The Emerald City moved into the top spot from last year’s third-place showing.

The rankings, calculated with the help of a scoring rubric that Fast Company calls the “Smart Cities Wheel,” factor six main components of a city’s smartness: government, people, economy, mobility, and quality of life issues.

Seattle took top honors for its smart economy and smart government, and came in second behind Washington, D.C. in the smart people category.  Seattle was also lauded for promoting sustainable development, fostering start-ups and attracting entrepreneurial talent.

Fast Company's "Smart Cities Wheel" (Click to enlarge)

Fast Company’s “Smart Cities Wheel”

Here is the complete list of top-10 cities:

1. Seattle

2. Boston (tie)

2. San Francisco (tie)

4. Washington D.C.

5. New York

6. Toronto

7. Vancouver

8. Portland

9. Chicago

10. Montreal

 

 

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