New Orleans ranks No. 10 on the Vitality Index


Creative Cities International has released its Vitality Index, a report on qualitative factors in 35 U.S. cities. New Orleans holds the 10th spot on this list, just behind Los Angeles and ahead of Pittsburgh.

The study combined informant insights with survey data to determine each city’s ranking. Key factors include trends, costs, services, and measures of creative infrastructure. Other notable criteria include arts activities, cultural institutions, public spaces, community projects, and natural assets in each area. The group’s findings are intended to help shape policies and support programs in each of the targeted areas.

In New Orleans, the cultural benefits and diversity of the area were influential in securing a high ranking in the index. As cited in the report, “the enthusiasm of their residents grabs you.”

Additionally, the index focused heavily on openness to talent from outside the area with emphasis on innovation and creativity.

“Greater New Orleans post-Katrina is more vital than ever,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO Inc. “Spurred by necessity, the region has become one of the most innovative places in our nation.”

The full list of rankings is below:

01. CHICAGO 13. ST. LOUIS 25. PORTLAND, OR
02. NEW YORK 14. CHARLOTTE 26. HOUSTON
03. SEATTLE 15. WASHINGTON, DC 27. SAN ANTONIO
04. SAN FRANCISCO 16. DETROIT 28. MIAMI
05. BOSTON 17. INDIANAPOLIS 29. CLEVELAND
06. ATLANTA 18. MEMPHIS 30. TAMPA
07. MINNEAPOLIS 19. DALLAS 31. TULSA
08. COLUMBUS 20. RALEIGH 32. SAN JOSE
09. LOS ANGELES 21. OKLAHOMA CITY 33. PHOENIX
10. NEW ORLEANS 22. KANSAS CITY 34. SALT LAKE CITY
11. PITTSBURGH 23. JACKSONVILLE 35. LAS VEGAS
12. PHILADELPHIA 24. DENVER

 

Creative Cities International is comprised of experienced urban planners, financial analysts and other professionals which shape the infrastructure of major cities. Their goal includes a commitment to seeking out the creative and cultural potential in urban projects.

To view the full report, visit creativecities.org.