The World Economic Forum has just released its list of the world’s 25 most high-tech cities, and Montreal made the cut.
According to the World Health Organization, in less than 35 years, 2/3 of the world population will be living in urban areas, an additional 2.5 billion people. The World Economic Forum notes that cities that will flourish the most are those that rely on cutting-edge technologies for people to develop new ones.
To get a better sense of which cities are doing that best, Business Insider teamed up with 2thinknow, an Australian research firm specialized in analyzing innovative cities, to create a ranking of the most high-tech cities in the world.
Ten factors related to technological advancement were chosen, including the number of patents filed per capita, startups, tech venture capitalists, ranking in other innovation datasets, and level of smart phone use. These factors were then weighted and used to rank a list of 85.
Montreal came in at #18, beating out cities like Berlin, Hong Kong, and Copenhagen. The list cites the city’s many job options for programmer and developers, as well as its expertise in wearables and virtual realty (VR). It also mentioned Montreal’s burgeoning startup scene.
Toronto and Vancouver were the only other two Canadian cities to make the list.