Welcoming City Index

An underrated indicator of a successful city

Why is welcoming important?

  • Brings positivity
  • Brings people together
  • Brings jobs
  • Brings best talent


  • Number of protected classes who feel welcome
  • Welcoming for immigrants and refugees
  • # of policies that benefit new residents vs existing residents
  • Friendly business climate for entrepreneurs
  • Lack of corruption (easy for new businesses to get government contracts or approval)
  • Easy to find and change housing
  • Easy to meet new people socially
  • Easy to find good schools
  • Easy to find work
  • Nice weather
  • Low risk of a disaster
  • Open Data

3 types of cities

  • Desperate (see # of Amazon HQ2 bids)
  • Welcoming
  • Elitist and expensive (San Francisco, Paris, New York)

Preliminary Ranking

  1. Atlanta (southern hospitality, affordability and the birthplace of the civil rights movement)
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Chicago
  4. Washington DC
  5. Houston
  6. Dallas
  7. Miami
  8. New York
  9. San Francisco
  10. Seattle
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