DFW Rises on List of World’s 
‘Most High-Tech Cities’

Dallas-Fort Worth has seen growth as a startup hub, the number of venture capitalists, and integration of technology.

Shanghai. Amsterdam. London. Boston. New York. San Francisco. Dallas-Fort Worth.

Business Insider has published its list of “The Most High-Tech Cities in the World,” a compilation of 25 cities that are doing the best at using technology and creating opportunities for the development of new ones. Dallas-Fort Worth came it at No. 11, a major jump from last year when it came in at No. 28.

As the world population grows and people continue to move to urban areas, the cities on the list are leading the way in using cutting-edge technologies and facilitating the development of new ones that can help deal with urbanization and the critical issues facing the world.

For its part, Dallas is committed to the Smart Cities initiative and the Dallas Innovation Alliance is coordinating the city’s efforts in the West End neighborhood of downtown Dallas. That area has been designated as a living lab where technologies are being integrated into the neighborhood’s fabric.

Business Insider developed the list by consulting with 2thinknow, a research firm that specializes in analyzing innovative cities.

Together they ranked the most high-tech cities in the world, a list that was topped by San Francisco. 

DFW made a huge jump on the list, having been outside the Top 25 last year.

Here’s what Business Insider had to say about Dallas-Fort Worth:

“Just within the last couple years, Dallas has established itself as a startup hub.

In 2thinknow’s analysis, the Texas city climbed from 28th in 2016 to just outside the top 10 because of its rapid growth in the number of venture capitalists and integration of technology into the city landscape.”


2thinknow used 10 factors related to tech advancement, Business Insider said. They include the number of patents filed per capita, startups, tech venture capitalists, ranking in other innovation datasets, and the level of smartphone use. 

A list of 85 cities were ranked, with Business Insider publishing the Top 25.

This is the most recent ranking that shows Dallas-Fort Worth making great strides in technology and employment.

The Brookings Institute in March put Dallas-Fort Worth at No. 4 on its analysis of Moody’s analytics data of tech job growth.

Dallas-Fort Worth added 15,400 tech jobs from 2013 to 2015 — more than Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle during that period, Brookings said.

And in May, Forbes put Dallas atop its list of “Best Cities for Jobs.”

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