Chicago

Smart city ranking
59 Out of 118
41 in 2020
B BBB in 2020
Factor ratings
B Structures
BB Technologies
Group
2
All ratings range from AAA to D

Background Information

City Population 8,870,000 (UN World Urbanization Prospects)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.919 0.919 0.920 0.926 +0.006
Life expectancy at birth 78.9 78.9 78.9 78.9 0.0
Expected years of schooling 16.3 16.3 16.3 16.3 +0.0
Mean years of schooling 13.4 13.4 13.4 13.4 +0.0
GNI per capita (PPP $) 54,443 55,351 56,140 63,826 +7,686

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%
security
58.6%
affordable housing
58.1%
health services
43.4%
school education
40.0%
corruption
38.3%
unemployment
37.5%
road congestion
35.3%
fulfilling employment
33.9%
air pollution
29.0%
recycling
19.4%
public transport
19.0%
basic amenities
15.4%
social mobility
13.8%
green spaces
13.8%
citizen engagement
10.8%

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
56.7%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
60.7%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
49.9%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
71.0%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
50.3
Recycling services are satisfactory
59.7
Public safety is not a problem
29.2
Air pollution is not a problem
34.5
Medical services provision is satisfactory
57.9
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
38.7
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
29.2
Public transport is satisfactory
52.5
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
62.7
Most children have access to a good school
48.7
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
56.6
Businesses are creating new jobs
62.6
Minorities feel welcome
57.8
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
61.6
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
76.5
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
62.8
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
29.1
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
49.0
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
55.7
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
42.8
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
52.3
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
50.9
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
48.5
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
41.3
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
62.1
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
49.4
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
53.0
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
48.5
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
60.0
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
59.7
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
67.0
IT skills are taught well in schools
48.7
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
50.9
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
63.0
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
72.6
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
37.9
Online voting has increased participation
55.8
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
49.2
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
52.8
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Background Information

City Population 8,870,000 (UN World Urbanization Prospects)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.919 0.919 0.920 0.926 +0.006
Life expectancy at birth 78.9 78.9 78.9 78.9 0.0
Expected years of schooling 16.3 16.3 16.3 16.3 +0.0
Mean years of schooling 13.4 13.4 13.4 13.4 +0.0
GNI per capita (PPP $) 54,443 55,351 56,140 63,826 +7,686

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%
security
58.6%
affordable housing
58.1%
health services
43.4%
school education
40.0%
corruption
38.3%
unemployment
37.5%
road congestion
35.3%
fulfilling employment
33.9%
air pollution
29.0%
recycling
19.4%
public transport
19.0%
basic amenities
15.4%
social mobility
13.8%
green spaces
13.8%
citizen engagement
10.8%

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
56.7%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
60.7%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
49.9%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
71.0%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
50.3
Recycling services are satisfactory
59.7
Public safety is not a problem
29.2
Air pollution is not a problem
34.5
Medical services provision is satisfactory
57.9
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
38.7
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
29.2
Public transport is satisfactory
52.5
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
62.7
Most children have access to a good school
48.7
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
56.6
Businesses are creating new jobs
62.6
Minorities feel welcome
57.8
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
61.6
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
76.5
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
62.8
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
29.1
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
49.0
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
55.7
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
42.8
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
52.3
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
50.9
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
48.5
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
41.3
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
62.1
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
49.4
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
53.0
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
48.5
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
60.0
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
59.7
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
67.0
IT skills are taught well in schools
48.7
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
50.9
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
63.0
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
72.6
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
37.9
Online voting has increased participation
55.8
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
49.2
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
52.8
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max