Birmingham

Smart city ranking
51 Out of 118
40 in 2020
BB BBB in 2020
Factor ratings
BB Structures
BBB Technologies
Group
1
All ratings range from AAA to D

Background Information

City Population 1,140,000 (Eurostat)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.918 0.919 0.920 0.932 +0.012
Life expectancy at birth 81.1 81.2 81.2 81.3 +0.1
Expected years of schooling 17.4 17.4 17.4 17.5 +0.1
Mean years of schooling 12.9 12.9 13.0 13.2 +0.2
GNI per capita (PPP $) 38,421 39,216 39,507 46,071 +6,564

Priority Areas

From a list of 15 indicators, survey respondents were asked to select 5 that they perceived as the most urgent for their city. This is the total bar. The higher the percentage of responses per area, the greater the priority for the city.

The left hand section of each bar shows the Alignment - the proportion of those respondents who also answered the corresponding survey questions low. A strong Alignment implies that these areas also demand priority attention.

% of respondents who chose the Priority Area
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
affordable housing
62.2%
unemployment
46.5%
road congestion
45.8%
security
45.6%
health services
42.8%
air pollution
36.4%
fulfilling employment
31.8%
school education
28.7%
recycling
26.4%
green spaces
24.3%
public transport
21.7%
basic amenities
15.1%
social mobility
14.8%
corruption
11.3%
citizen engagement
10.1%

Attitudes

% of respondents who agree or strongly agree with the statement
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
You are willing to concede personal data in order to improve traffic congestion
53.6%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
66.8%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
54.1%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
73.0%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
58.5
Recycling services are satisfactory
62.3
Public safety is not a problem
36.4
Air pollution is not a problem
30.2
Medical services provision is satisfactory
59.5
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
38.3
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
21.5
Public transport is satisfactory
48.3
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
61.2
Most children have access to a good school
61.6
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
57.1
Businesses are creating new jobs
55.4
Minorities feel welcome
59.8
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
61.9
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
71.5
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
56.6
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
41.5
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
46.4
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
51.1
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
42.4
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
61.1
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
57.4
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
60.1
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
36.2
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
57.4
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
38.0
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
38.8
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
43.2
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
61.5
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
51.7
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
63.9
IT skills are taught well in schools
62.0
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
47.0
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
65.9
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
72.3
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
39.6
Online voting has increased participation
52.9
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
45.5
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
51.9
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Background Information

City Population 1,140,000 (Eurostat)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.918 0.919 0.920 0.932 +0.012
Life expectancy at birth 81.1 81.2 81.2 81.3 +0.1
Expected years of schooling 17.4 17.4 17.4 17.5 +0.1
Mean years of schooling 12.9 12.9 13.0 13.2 +0.2
GNI per capita (PPP $) 38,421 39,216 39,507 46,071 +6,564

Priority Areas

From a list of 15 indicators, survey respondents were asked to select 5 that they perceived as the most urgent for their city. This is the total bar. The higher the percentage of responses per area, the greater the priority for the city.

The left hand section of each bar shows the Alignment - the proportion of those respondents who also answered the corresponding survey questions low. A strong Alignment implies that these areas also demand priority attention.

% of respondents who chose the Priority Area
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
affordable housing
62.2%
unemployment
46.5%
road congestion
45.8%
security
45.6%
health services
42.8%
air pollution
36.4%
fulfilling employment
31.8%
school education
28.7%
recycling
26.4%
green spaces
24.3%
public transport
21.7%
basic amenities
15.1%
social mobility
14.8%
corruption
11.3%
citizen engagement
10.1%

Attitudes

% of respondents who agree or strongly agree with the statement
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
You are willing to concede personal data in order to improve traffic congestion
53.6%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
66.8%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
54.1%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
73.0%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
58.5
Recycling services are satisfactory
62.3
Public safety is not a problem
36.4
Air pollution is not a problem
30.2
Medical services provision is satisfactory
59.5
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
38.3
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
21.5
Public transport is satisfactory
48.3
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
61.2
Most children have access to a good school
61.6
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
57.1
Businesses are creating new jobs
55.4
Minorities feel welcome
59.8
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
61.9
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
71.5
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
56.6
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
41.5
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
46.4
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
51.1
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
42.4
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
61.1
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
57.4
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
60.1
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
36.2
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
57.4
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
38.0
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
38.8
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
43.2
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
61.5
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
51.7
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
63.9
IT skills are taught well in schools
62.0
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
47.0
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
65.9
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
72.3
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
39.6
Online voting has increased participation
52.9
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
45.5
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
51.9
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max