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Los Angeles-Orange counties top San Francisco and San Jose as best places in the world, by this ranking
A year ago L.A.O-C. was ranked No. 13 by Resonance Consultancy.
By: JONATHAN LANSNER   |  Email: JONATHAN LANSNER

Los Angeles-Orange counties top San Francisco and San Jose as best places in the world, by this ranking

A year ago L.A.O-C. was ranked No. 13 by Resonance Consultancy.


Los Angeles and Orange counties added up to the ninth-best place in the world — and No. 2 nationally in rankings that seem like an odd combination of business and pleasure.

Resonance Consultancy, a firm focusing on tourism and economic development, looked at the world’s population hubs of more than a million people in order to come up with its “100 best cities” list.

Grades were based on a mix of traditional economic and demographic stats plus some novel popularity yardsticks. Or, as the firm put it, “using a combination of statistical performance and qualitative evaluations by locals and visitors in 22 areas grouped into six core categories.”

A year ago, the L.A.-Orange County metro area was ranked No. 13 by researchers at Resonance, based in Vancouver and New York. Four other California metros made the Top 100: San Francisco (11th), San Diego (20th), San Jose (25th) and Sacramento (82nd).

Resonance CEO Chris Fair said his goal was to create rankings that “wouldn’t just look at cities as a place to live, work or visit, but that took a more holistic approach by considering a wide range of factors that showed positive correlations with attracting investment and visitors — key performance indicators both in terms of measuring existing desirability and forecasting the future prosperity of a city.

Ponder how L.A.-O.C. fared in the six very quirky categories tallied by Resonance:

The best score came for “promotion,” with L.A.-O.C. ranking No. 7 globally for its ability to tell its story. Then came its grade in “product,” No. 13 for attraction, transportation and accommodations; No. 18 for programming (cultural and lifestyle experiences); No. 21 for place (climate, safety and parks); No. 22 for people (diversity and education); and No. 28 for prosperity (corporate and personal wealth).

Of the L.A.-O.C. market, the report said it’s “actively managing the world’s demand for its beguiling brand of West Coast innovation, as well as the attention and influx that will come amidst the 2028 Olympic Summer Games and, potentially, the 2026 World Cup.

“When the Crenshaw Line opens in 2021, the city will finally have an efficient direct transit link to LAX, which is itself in the middle of a $1.6-billion buildout. But not all is sunny. The city is the poster child of America’s homelessness crisis, and has identified this issue as being as urgent as any other civic investment.”

Let me add a caveat about these many “best/worst” geographic rankings. They’re more a fun, digestible way to ponder economic patterns than wonky business research.

Still, look at the top of this worldly list of best cities: London; followed by America’s No. 1, New York; then Paris, Tokyo, Moscow, Dubai, Singapore and Barcelona. You could quibble but they are places that folks have eyes on.

Los Angeles-Orange counties top San Francisco and San Jose as best places in the world, by this ranking
A year ago L.A.O-C. was ranked No. 13 by Resonance Consultancy.

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