The Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities China index shines a light on China's recent developments and urbanization trends and measures cities' economic achievements.

When it comes to factors such as job growth, wages, employment, investment, and economic growth, how do China's booming cities compare? With the help of these indicators, our report aims to:

  • Monitor and evaluate the economic performance of Chinese cities
  • Provide insights for Chinese cities on how to improve
  • Create a venue to explore markets and business opportunities in China
  • Rankings

    Our index presents two separate rankings—one for first - and second-tier cities and another for third-tier cities—to reflect the fact that cities fall into different developmental stages and urban hierarchies. First- and second-tier cities are normally the forerunners of urbanization, larger in size, and receive more support from the central government.

    1. Chengdu, Sichuan (四川省, 成都市) 1. Nantong, Jiangsu (江苏省, 南通市)
    2. Chongqing (重庆市) 2. Bengbu, Anhui (安徽省, 蚌埠市)
    3. Guiyang, Guizhou (贵州省, 贵阳市) 3. Foshan, Guangdong (广东省, 佛山市)
    4. Shenzhen, Guangdong (广东省, 深圳市) 4. Ji’an, Jiangxi (江西省, 吉安市)
    5. Nanjing, Jiangsu (江苏省, 南京市) 5. Zunyi, Guizhou (贵州省, 遵义市)
    6. Shanghai (上海市) 6. Taizhou, Jiangsu (江苏省, 泰州市)
    7. Zhengzhou, Henan (河南省, 郑州市) 7. Luohe, Henan (河南省, 漯河市)
    8. Kunming, Yunnan (云南省, 昆明市) 8. Yangzhou, Jiangsu (江苏省, 扬州市)
    9. Nanchang, Jiangxi (江西省, 南昌市) 9. Yichang, Hubei (湖北省, 宜昌市)
    10. Qingdao, Shandong (山东省, 青岛市) 10. Suzhou, Jiangsu (江苏省, 苏州市)
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    About the Best-Performing Cities Series

    For nearly twenty years, the Institute's Best-Performing Cities index has objectively measured which U.S. metropolitan areas are promoting economic vitality based on job creation and retention, the quality of new jobs, and other criteria. The goal is to help businesses, investors, industry associations, development agencies and government officials, academics, and public-policy groups monitor and evaluate the performance of metros where they work and do business relative to the rest of the country. The Best-Performing Cities China index is anchored in this heritage of expertise.

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