Two US cities enter Asia Pacific-dominated "dynamic cities" list

They are the only two from developed nations

Two US cities enter Asia Pacific-dominated "dynamic cities" list

Two cities from the United States are the only representatives of developed nations in a new ranking of dynamic cities.

JLL’s City Momentum Index shows a continued shift from west to east as Asia Pacific dominates.

Silicon Valley at number 9 and Austin at 19 are in the top 20 for the first time with their reputations as established technology and innovation hubs  attracting young talent, making both cities attractive real estate investment destinations.

"The remarkable dynamism in the emerging Asian economies is proof that economic reforms, business growth and infrastructure investment can drive the expansion of industry, significantly in the tech sector, and facilitate a start-up culture,” said Jeremy Kelly, Director of Cities Research at JLL. “This is now being repeated the world over, as geographical diversity looks to be returning to the Index."

India leads with 7 cities in the top 20, followed by China with 4.

The Index identifies a number of key growth drivers, including talent attraction, the expansion of innovation hubs and better urban planning, that cities can employ to meet the challenges faced by rapid momentum.