Berlin Ranks Second In YouthfulCities Index, Ahead Of New York City

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

YouthfulCities 2014

Have you wondered which cities around the World are best suited for your youthful nature?  That is what the YouthfulCities Index set out to find as it ranked 25 global cities using 80 unique indicators.  The results for the inaugural index placed Toronto as the number one spot for youth ages 15-29, but Berlin came in at a close second, beating out New York City in third place.

Voting involved input from youth that fit into the targeted age group and including indicators such as entertainment, lifestyle, and business, all with the goal of finding the perfect place to live, work and play.

Berlin has had the reputation of being a youth hotspot in Germany, and this recent Index just reiterates that fact.  Out of all the countries ranked, Berlin took the top spot for Music and Film, as well as Internal Transportation.

Toronto taking first place in the 2014 Index may seem a little suspicious since the organization is based in the city, but YouthfulCities claims that had nothing to do with the results. “It is indeed a coincidence, but not a bias! Also, don’t forget that we have a London office, and youth from all our cities were involved in every step of our process – from intital category building, to the development of the indicators, to the development of the research methodology and finally the data collection and now the promotion of the Index.”

It will be interesting to see how the list evolves over the years as more countries are included and whether or not there is a drastic change in the youthfulness of cities year after year.


Below are the results showing the rankings of the top 25:

  1. Toronto
  2. Berlin
  3. New York City
  4. Dallas
  5. Paris
  6. Chicago
  7. London
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Tokyo
  10. Seoul
  11. Buenos Aires
  12. Mexico City
  13. Rome
  14. Johannesburg
  15. Lima
  16. Mumbai
  17. Sao Paulo
  18. Bogota
  19. Istanbul
  20. Shanghai
  21. Cairo
  22. Manila
  23. Lagos
  24. Nairobi
  25. Kinshasa


Sources: YoutfulCities

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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