2015 City Brands Index – Reputation Ranking by Anholt-Gfk Roper

2015 City Brands Index: Fresh off the press, the current edition of the biannual Anholt-Gfk Roper City Brands Index (2015) sees Paris, London and New York City as the three cities with the highest reputation scores, followed by Sydney, Los Angeles, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Washington D.C.

2015 Anholt-Gfk Roper City Brands Index

The biannual CBISM survey was conducted among citizens in 10 countries – both developed and developing – that play important and diverse roles in the flow of business, cultural, and tourism activities. In all, 5,166 online interviews were conducted with adults age 18 or over.

Paris a winner – despite attacks

Simon Anholt, Independent Policy Advisor on National Identity and Reputation, comments, “Our survey was conducted before the November attacks in Paris – but, if past experience is anything to go by, such attacks do not change people’s perceptions of the city in any significant or long-lasting way. There may be a temporary change in people’s behavior towards Paris – but the attacks do not affect the reasons why people might admire the city’s beauty, cultural life, opportunities, etc. and this is what CBI measures.”

The CBI study includes six key dimensions:

  • Presence: International status and standing
  • Place: Outdoors and transport
  • Prerequisites: Basic necessities, public amenities
  • People: Friendliness, cultural diversity
  • Pulse: Interesting events and activities
  • Potential: Economic and educational opportunities

US performance

New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. saw their score increase from the 2013 CBISM Study. NYC and LA rose more than two points versus 2013. Washington, D.C. gained less than one point, but still dropped four places due to being outperformed by other cities.

“Paris, London and NYC, the top three cities globally, are still struggling to bring their world-class reputations into the specific dimensions of Prerequisites and People,” said, Vadim Volos, GfK’s SVP of Public Affairs and Consulting and leader of the CBI study at GfK.

“When it comes to affordability, these cities all rank at the bottom of the list (47th, 46th and 48th respectively), while New York is also marked down for its People dimension. This enables countries that are ranked lower in the overall Index to win spots among the top five for specific dimensions – giving them a foothold in the international arena.”

About the Anholt-GfK City Brands IndexSM 2015

The Anholt-GfK CBISM Index measures the image of 50 cities with respect to Presence, Place, Pre-requisite, People, Pulse and Potential. For the 2015 study, 5166 interviews were conducted in total, consisting of at least 500 interviews in each of Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Russia, South Korea, UK and USA. Adults aged 18 or over are interviewed online in each country. Using the most up-to-date online population parameters, the achieved sample in each country has been weighted to reflect key demographic characteristics including age, gender, and education of the online population in that country. Fieldwork was conducted from September 10th to 23rd, 2015.

The 50 cities ranked in the survey are as follows:

  • Western Europe: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, Geneva, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Munich*
  • Central/Eastern Europe: Istanbul, Moscow, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw
  • Asia Pacific: Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo
  • North America: Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Washington D.C., Dallas Fort Worth*, Houston*
  • Latin America: Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro
  • Middle East/Africa: Cairo, Cape Town, Doha, Dubai, Durban, Johannesburg

Source: http://www.gfk.com/insights/press-release/paris-wins-back-most-admired-city-from-london/


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  1. Where may I obtain the full list? I want to see where the cities from China rank on this index.

  2. My name is Nikita, pursuing Doctorate in Smart city raking for India.
    I am planning to develop generic raking system for Indian smart cities.
    So while researching different methodology, i came across your website and the information provided. Right now I am gathering data from various cities of India and in next phase I will be removing noise data, analyzing and ranking the cities on various parameters. Can please share the ranking

  3. Hello Florian

    Thank you for your response
    I really appreciate your suggestion

    Thank you

    – hasnina

  4. To whom it may concern.
    I am Hasnina from Malaysia. currently i’m doing my PhD in City Branding.
    I really amazed with the CBI in evaluating city brand.
    I would like to have a set of questions used in the CBI survey, to study more since i couldn’t find it anywhere in my literature.
    your attention and cooperation and kindness is really appreciated.
    thank you.

    • Hello Hasnina, unfortunately we don’t have access to this information. Best for you would be to get in touch directly with the publisher of the ranking.

      All the best for your doctoral studies!

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