Resonance Consultancy Announces America’s Best Cities

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New York Wins ‘Best Large American City,’ while Honolulu takes the title of ‘Best Small American City.’ Find out how all your favorite cities performed by downloading our free 2017 America’s Best Cities Report at BestCities.org.

Resonance Consultancy, the leading advisors in real estate, tourism, and economic development for countries, cities and communities, is pleased pleased to announce America's Best Cities, a ranking of the 50 Best Large American cities as well as the 50 Best Small American Cities.

The winning cities were unveiled at a June 14 awards celebration at New York University sponsored by National Geographic Travel, who will use the Resonance ranking and insights for future editorial and content projects.

This is one of the most comprehensive American city rankings ever attempted—developed to quantify and benchmark the relative quality of place, reputation and competitive identity for U.S. principal cities with metropolitan populations of 200,000 or more. The ranking analyzes and compares 27 factors in six key categories using a combination of core statistics and online ratings and reviews.

This helps cities understand their strengths and weaknesses through the lens of the people who matter most: their residents and visitors.

A COMPREHENSIVE RANKING OF AMERICA’S BEST CITIES

“For more than a decade, Resonance has created place-branding strategies, tourism and economic development plans and trend reports for city, tourism and economic development organizations,” says Resonance President and CEO Chris Fair. “We do this to empower place managers and marketers with new tools and perspectives on the key factors that shape a city’s competitive identity, community well-being, and future prosperity.”

Fair says his firm has come to understand that traditional performance indicators alone—economic output, investment and visitor numbers, for example—don’t reveal the whole story for cities and their tourism and economic development agencies. Visitors and citizens themselves are increasingly influencing the identity and perception of cities through the millions of evaluations of experiences they share online with family, friends and people around the world.

“Much more than traditional marketing, these opinions and attitudes influence the way people perceive places and shape where talent, tourism and investment flow,” he says. “This social media data also provides a rich new source of information to benchmark the experiential quality of one city to the next.”

So without further ado, here are America’s Best Cities in 2017…

LARGE CITIES (POP. 1 MILLION+)

New York
Chicago
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Las Vegas
San Diego
Houston
Miami
Seattle
Washington

SMALL CITIES (POP. UNDER 1 MILLION)

Honolulu
Tucson
Charleston
Omaha
Albuquerque
Tulsa
Myrtle Beach
Madison
Asheville
El Paso

The full 2017 World’s Best City Brands Report can be downloaded for free at BestCities.org.

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ABOUT RESONANCE CONSULTANCY
As leading advisors in real estate, tourism, and economic development for three decades, Resonance combines business strategy and marketing creativity to shape the future of communities, cities and countries. Our services span place development strategy, place marketing, placemaking and place branding. Our team has completed more than 100 visioning, strategy, planning, policy and branding projects for destinations and developers in more than 70 countries. We work with developers, planners, architects, DMOs, economic development agencies and others to make places the best they can be. To learn more about us and our services, please visit ResonanceCo.com.

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For more information or interviews, please contact:

Sara Peary
Vice President, Public Relations
Resonance Consultancy
1-949-887-4476
speary(at)resonanceco(dot)com

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