This story is from the 2014 Access 25. Explore more from this issue

Cities

People increasingly want to live in them. They’re responsible for most of the world’s GDP. What does that mean for policy?

By 2030, 5 billion people will live in cities — compared to 3.6 billion today — making the global economy even more urbanized. Much of this growth will happen in developing nations, meaning from a policy perspective, issues such as energy, education, sustainability and infrastructure will become even more important.

What makes a city great? Culture? Business connections? McKinsey recently crunched the data, and you can read their 44-page report.

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