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.