Which City Is ‘Best’ in U.S.?

June 10, 2019

New York City reigns supreme — again — on Resonance Consultancy’s latest ranking of “America’s Best Cities.” In a new report, researchers explain how the city has stayed on top — the “experiential powerhouse,” they write, does not rest on its laurels, pointing to such recent additions as Hudson Yards. The report also looks at the infrastructure for meetings and events in American cities, and offers insights including why Las Vegas needs that convention center expansion.

Resonance’s 2019 ranking of the 100 best-performing U.S. cities — 50 large and 50 small — was announced June 4. Like last year, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco round out the top four, behind New York. That lineup, Resonance President and CEO Chris Fair told Bloomberg, is unlikely to change based on current criteria, in which culture and entertainment infrastructure, which are key to tourism, count heavily. But Resonance’s rankings reflect more than the usual tourism data points. So, once you get below the top four powerhouses, you find a diverse field of cities that earn their positions based on data collected in 23 areas ranging from crime rate to air quality to convention centers.

Resonance’s annual ranking analyzes six key categories — promotion, place, product, prosperity, people, and programming — using a combination of core statistics and online ratings and reviews, from TripAdvisor, Facebook check-ins, and Google searches.

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