New York tops North America’s Smart City rankings in 2023

The image shows a view of New York at night. The city has earned the title of North America's Outstanding Smart City Example for 2023.

Connectivity, smart sensors, energy efficiency and green mobility, New York takes first place among the best smart cities in North America for 2023.

While Shanghai is the “smartest” city in the world, New York earns the title of the queen of Smart Cities in North America.

The “city that never sleeps” has been elected as the best example of an efficient city on a global level by a Juniper Research report which analyzes the behavior of urban realities according to various daily aspects such as transport, infrastructure, energy and lighting, management and technology of cities and urban connectivity.


The top five best Smart Cities in North America

As already mentioned, the survey conducted by Juniper Research identified New York City as the leading city in North America. Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and Los Angeles follow in the standings.

But why did New York earn the podium? Success was determined by a whole series of defined aspects and objectives such as:

  • the implementation of the city’s sensor network,
  • the upgrading of all smart grids,
  • urban green areas,
  • electric and green mobility,
  • energy efficiency,
  • the modernization of transport infrastructures.
  • intelligent traffic control,
  • an innovative LED light lighting system to minimize consumption and emissions,
  • wireless meters to control water consumption,
  • a waste service powered by solar energy,
  • control units to monitor air quality.

 We had already talked about it a few articles ago, remember?


The image shows a beautiful night panorama of New York with the typical icons of a smart city (wifi, smart grids, intelligent traffic control, etc.)

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Smart cities, a constantly growing market especially in Latin America

Overall, extending the survey panorama also to South America and Central America, a volume of spending on smart city hardware and software is estimated to amount to 9.5 billion dollars by the end of the year.

A figure, however, set to grow in the coming years, with an increase in investments equal to 144%, or to 23 billion dollars by 2028.

But it is in Latin America that investments will grow the fastest: in fact, spending on smart city solutions is expected to increase by 285% within the next five years, compared to in North America at 115%.

 The Americas are led in terms of smart cities by North American cities, and Latin America lacks the comprehensive data infrastructure that is being built in North America. As such, Latin American cities must build longer-term visions that focus on how to holistically leverage data to improve urban environments, or they will continue to lag behind” explained research co-author Nick Maynard.