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Which US Metros Are the Most Future-Ready?

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Which US Metros Are the Most Future-Ready?

These forward-thinking U.S. cities are innovating at a much faster rate than the rest of the country 

October 18, 2023
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Recent analysis by online real estate marketplace Point2 reveals the most future-ready urban centers among the 100 largest U.S. metros. Among all cities innovating in economics, transportation, business, sustainability, and technology, Seattle emerges as the top contender, with a wealth of startups and invention patents, as well as favorable household incomes, education levels, and bikeability.

San Jose, Calif., follows closely behind with a strong commitment to technology advancement, while other California metros such as Sacramento and San Diego scored highly for their focus on internet connectivity and sustainability, Point2 reports.

Not only is it the fastest-growing city for technology and information BAs, but Seattle is also constantly looking for ways to improve urban living — starting with its booming downtown. It’s also among the few using AI to envision what the city might look like at its full potential. Household names like Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks further solidify Seattle's status as one of the world’s top business and tech spots. And to top it all off, the urban center balances it all out with natural beauty.

Next, it’s no surprise that San Jose lands second place since technology adoption is a must in pursuing the future-ready label. High score aside, there’s more to Silicon Valley's largest urban center than meets the eye. For instance, one of the country's most dynamic cities is working hard to improve its urban planning, which is consequently inspiring think pieces dedicated to why San Jose is the perfect model for an American city of tomorrow— mainly due to density-embracing housing development reminiscent of European “15-minute cities”.

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