Jakarta, the bustling capital city of Indonesia, is a dynamic metropolis known for its economic vitality, rich cultural heritage, and strategic importance in Southeast Asia. The city is a significant economic hub, with strengths in finance, trade, manufacturing, and technology. Jakarta’s vibrant urban landscape, coupled with its strategic location, makes it an attractive destination for businesses, residents, and tourists alike.

But how does Jakarta fare in terms of economic and sustainability performance, city brand strength, and reputation according to leading rankings and indices?

Let’s explore:

  • Jakarta’s economic competitiveness and sustainability
  • Jakarta’s city brand strength and attractiveness
  • Livability: Jakarta’s appeal for talent, digital nomads and locals

Jakarta’s economic competitiveness and financial performance

How attractive is Jakarta as a place to work and do business?

According to the Global Financial Centres Index 35, Jakarta ranks 102nd overall, reflecting a slight decrease of 7 positions from the previous ranking. Jakarta’s Fintech rank is 103rd, decreasing 11 positions.

In 2thinknow’s Innovation Cities Index 2022-2023, Jakarta ranks 246th, demonstrating a significant improvement with a positive change of 19 positions. This highlights the city’s ongoing efforts in fostering innovation, creating a robust economy.


Jakarta’s city brand strength and attractiveness

Which factors help and hurt the brand of Jakarta?

According to Kearney’s 2023 Global Cities Report, Jakarta ranks 74th overall, falling 5 positions. In the Global Cities Outlook ranking, Jakarta is ranked 119th, decreasing 16 positions.

The Global Power City Index 2023 ranks Jakarta 45th overall. In terms of function-specific rankings:

  • Economy: 40th
  • Cultural Interaction: 40th
  • Livability: 25th

Brand Finance’s City Index 2023 ranks Jakarta 70th, indicating solid brand recognition and attractiveness on the global stage with room to improve.


Sustainability Performance

We did not find much information about Jakarta and sustainability, though the Arcadis Sustainability City Index 2022 ranks Jakarta 83rd overall, signalling room for improvement.


Livability: Jakarta’s appeal for talent, digital nomads and locals

Which aspects of Jakarta make it an attractive place to live, work and study?

The Mercer Quality of Living City Ranking places Jakarta 148th, indicating significant room for improvement in quality of life. The Mercer Cost of Living Ranking ranks Jakarta 151st, showing no change from the previous ranking.

Lastly, Jakarta is home to several prestigious educational institutions. According to the Times Higher Education ranking, the University of Indonesia ranks within the 801-1000 range. The QS World University Ranking recognizes Bina Nusantara University (BINUS) within the 1001-2000 range.

Last updated June 2024.


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