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San Francisco Ranks High on “American Cities of the Future” List

Investors believe in the future of San Francisco, according to fDi Intelligence’s American Cities of the Future list. The biennial list, put out by a magazine owned by the Financial Times, highlights the top destinations for foreign direct investment. New York City topped the rankings for the third consecutive time. San Francisco followed the Big Apple in second place.

fDi Intelligence looked at 421 different locations for the study, analyzing hundreds of “data points” under five main categories: Economic Potential, Business Friendliness, Human Capital and Lifestyle, Cost Effectiveness and Connectivity. Those data points included a wide-range of topics including unemployment rate, brain drain, minimum wage, number of airports, and corporation tax rate. The main rankings are of “major American cities” but they further divide into categories based on size, including “large,” “medium,” “small,” and “micro.”

San Francisco in particular received a lot of attention from the study. Unsurprisingly, the core strength for the area was technology development; a majority of the work studied by the report came from the software and technology sector. Indeed, the three top companies for foreign investment in SF were Salesforce, Twitter, and Airbnb.

Cédric Ravalec, chief executive of Francebased Android app company Genymobile, which established an office in the city in 2014, says: “San Francisco is definitely the core of mobile development. The biggest players in the mobile industry are in the [area], as well as our main corporate users.”

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SF Ranks HIgh on American Cities of the Future