UK Smart Cities Index 2017: Leaders and Laggards

Below are the 2017 smart city rankings for cities in the United Kingdom. This is the first time that London is not listed as number 1. Congratulations to Bristol for topping this list in 2017.

  1. 82.7 = Bristol, England
  2. 81.2 = London, England
  3. 74.3 = Manchester, England
  4. 74.2 = Birmingham, England
  5. 74.0 = Leeds, England
  6. 73.5 = Milton Keynes, England
  7. 71.9 = Glasgow, Scotland
  8. 69.5 = Nottingham, England
  9. 65.1 = Peterborough, England
  10. 63.1 = Cambridge, England
  11. 62.6 = Oxford, England
  12. 62.5 = Aberdeen, Scotland
  13. 61.3 = Edinburgh, Scotland
  14. 58.8 = Newcastle, England
  15. 50.4 = Belfast, Northern Ireland
  16. 47.4 = Sheffield, England
  17. 45.1 = Reading, England
  18. 41.9 = Liverpool, England
  19. 25.5 = Cardiff, Wales
  20. 23.4 = Exeter, England


The criteria utilized for these rankings are as follows:

“1.3.3 Evaluation Criteria

The city evaluations for this Index are based on two dimensions: Strategy and Execution. The Strategy dimension assesses each city’s vision, goals, and objectives as they relate to its smart city programme. The Execution dimension assesses the city’s actual achievements, from initial projects to full-blown deployment of innovative technologies and services.

Each dimension is split into five evaluation categories. The evaluation categories for the Strategy dimension are:

• Vision: Assesses the clarity, comprehensiveness, and depth of the city’s smart or future city strategy.

• Digital Innovation: Evaluates a city’s strategy to develop and exploit digital technologies and services.

• Service Innovation: Examines a city’s strategy for innovations in local services that exploit improvements offered by smart technologies.

• Sustainability Plans: Assesses a city’s sustainability strategy and the explicit targets set for energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and related goals.

• Stakeholder Engagement: Examines the range of city stakeholders involved in the development of the smart city strategy.

The evaluation categories for the Execution dimension are:

• Implementation: Assesses the city’s overall progress in translating its strategy into action based on the number, range, and extent of projects implemented to date.

• Digital Delivery: Evaluates progress on implementing the city’s digital strategy, including pilot projects, smart city demonstrators, and full-scale projects.

• Service Delivery: Evaluates progress on implementing service innovations defined in the city’s smart city strategy.

• Environmental Impact: Looks at achievements against sustainability targets and implemented environmental and sustainability programmes.

• Community Reach: Assesses engagement across multiple communities and stakeholders and the extension of projects into the wider city region.”

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