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City Momentum Index 2015

​This is JLL's second annual City Momentum Index (CMI), which tracks the speed of change of a city's economic base and its commercial real estate market.

Covering 120 major established and emerging business hubs across the globe, the Index gauges a city's short-term socio-economic and commercial real estate momentum (over a three-year horizon) in combination with measures of 'future-proofing' – whether a city has the essential ingredients to ensure longer-term sustainable momentum in terms of education, innovation and environment.

The Index is unique in that it captures the dynamics of a city's real estate market – its rates of construction and absorption, price movement and the attraction of a city's built environment for cross-border capital.

In producing this Index, JLL's intention is to alert the market to signals of change and to highlight the characteristics of city success. It does not necessarily hold that those cities at the top of the CMI will provide the strongest future performance of commercial real estate, or the most immediately attractive real estate investment environments, but rather that they are the cities where change is occurring fastest and are the ones to be closely monitored. Strong momentum can pose both opportunity and risk.

In this paper we identify the characteristics of those 20 cities at the top of the CMI 2015. We also explore some of the cities that haven't 'made the cut'.

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