It is a ranking aimed at assessing sustainability, although the global indicator is general in nature. One of the three pillars specifically measures sustainability, but this differentiation is also made by other indices. Thus, 15 of the 24 indicators have no direct relationship with sustainability. A part of the 24 indicators are made up of the sum of different metrics.

The information on the methodology is not complete, although it offers some details. The report indicates that the data was collected in 2022 but the source is unknown.

The report includes a more detailed analysis of some of the cities and the factors that make them more sustainable.


Our approach to the selection process of the indicators and pillars that underpin the SCI research was guided by the notion that cities are only truly sustainable when they have natural environments that are healthy and thriving; when local authorities support the quality of life of their communities; and when shared economic and social value is a priority.

The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2022 questions how we currently understand the meaning of prosperity within cities. Prosperity is commonly identified with economic productivity, but now we can see that, to secure true prosperity, cities must pursue sustainability.


Editions: 5

Cities: 100

Pillars / Dimensions:

  1. Planet

  2. People

  3. Profit

Indicators: 24

Target group: General