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China Integrated City Index 2019

The China Integrated City Index for 2019 developed by Cloud River Urban Research Institute and the Development Planning Department of the National Development and Reform Commission is a system that evaluates the growth performance of 297 cities across the country.

The index measures urban development in three dimensions: environment, society, and economy through statistical resources of different fields.

Beijing has topped the comprehensive ranking for four consecutive years and is followed by Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The top 10 cities in the comprehensive ranking are Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Tianjin, Nanjing, and Wuhan.

China Integrated City Index 2019
The top 30 cities in the comprehensive ranking of China Integrated City Index 2019


Shenzhen has been topping the environmental ranking for four years in a row. In the 2019 ranking, Shanghai and Guangzhou have climbed to 2nd and 3rd.

Social ranking

The top 10 cities in the social ranking are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Nanjing, Wuhan, and Tianjin.

The social dimension has long been Shenzhen’s weak point. But the city has seen a significant increase as it rises from the 8th in 2018 to the 4th in 2019. Nanjing also rises from the 10th to 8th in the newest ranking.


Shanghai has secured the top place in the economic ranking, while Beijing and Shenzhen have taken the second and third places respectively for four years straight.


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