Moscow Ranked Sixth in World’s Top One Hundred Cities

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Moscow has been named the world’s sixth-best metropolis in a ranking of 100 major cities released last week by the US based Resonance Consultancy. They rate global cities on six “pillars of place equity,” including their economy, education, infrastructure and online rankings, including data from TripAdvisor and Instagram.

Moscow’s sixth-place showing was propped up by topping the list of cities with the best institutions, attractions and infrastructure, Resonance said. This summer’s football World Cup, the US$240 million Zaryadye park next to the Kremlin, as well as the ongoing US$3 billion urban development program also contributed to the city’s high rating.

“Whatever brings you to the city, you’re in for an experience at stark odds with the West’s continuously dismaying news about Russia,” the consultancy firm said. Resonance named London its “best” city for the third year in a row despite its impending exit from the European Union, led by the British capital’s “mosaic of cultural programming” and coverage in the news and on social media.

Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Barcelona landed in the top five, with Chicago, Singapore, Dubai, and San Francisco closing the top 10. St. Petersburg ranked 54th overall, but was rated ninth in the institutions, attractions and infrastructure category. The complete survey of 100 global cities can be reviewed here.

“Moscow has a lot to offer in tourism, shopping, and business,” says Chris Devonshire-Ellis of Dezan Shira & Associates. “The low ruble makes shopping for local brands very inexpensive, while Russian gourmet cuisine has been massively improving. Add in museums, history, and amazing culture, and it is an excellent tourism destination. St. Petersburg is just a few hours away. For businesses, Moscow is an excellent hub to service Asian investors now looking at the Russian market.”

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