Global City Indicators Facility - Helping cities measure, report, and improve performance.

Themes

The Global City Indicators Facility is structured around 20 “themes” organized into two Categories that measure a range of city services and quality of life factors. These Categories and themes are listed below:

City Services – includes services provided by city governments and other entities.


Quality of Life – includes critical contributors to overall quality of life, but are not the direct responsibility of any local service provider.


City performance relative to each of these themes is measured by a number of indicators, which collectively tell a “story”. Overall, 115 indicators have been developed. Recognizing the differences in resources and capabilities between developed and developing world cities, the overall set of 115 indicators has been divided into 31 “core” indicators, which all cities participating would be expected to report on, and 43 “supporting” indicators, which all cities would be encouraged, but not expected, to report on, along with 41 "profile" indicators which provide basic statistics and background information to help cities determine which cities are of interest for comparisons.

This set of global city indicators was selected based on significant input from the partner cities, ensuring that these indicators reflect city information needs and interests, and a rigorous screening process. The indicators must be:

 

­GCIF Profile Indicators
 

 

Indicator

 

 

People

Total city population

Population density (per square kilometer)

Percentage of country's population

Percentage of population that are children (0-14)

Percentage of population that are youth (15-24)

Percentage of population that are adult (25-64)

Percentage of population that are senior citizens (65+)

Male to female ratio (# of males per 100 females)

Annual population change

Population Dependency Ratio

Percentage of population that are foreign born

Percentage of population that are new immigrants

Percentage of population that are migrating from elsewhere in the country

Housing

Total number of households

Total number of occupied dwelling units (owned & rented)

Persons per unit

Dwelling density (per Square Kilometer)

Economy

Average household income (US$)

Annual inflation rate based on average of last 5 years

Cost of living

Income distribution (Gini Coefficient)

Country's GDP (US$)

Country’s GDP per capita (US$)

City Product (US$)

City Product as a percentage of Country's GDP

Total employment

Employment percentage change based on the last 5 years

Number of Businesses per 1000 Population

Annual average unemployment rate

Commercial/industrial assessment as a percentage of total assessment

Government

Type of government (e.g. Local, Regional, County)

Gross operating budget (US$)

Gross operating budget per capita (US$)

Gross capital budget (US$)

Gross capital budget per capita (US$)

Geography and Climate

Region

Country

Climate Type

Land Area (Square Kilometers)

Percentage of non-residential area (square kilometers)

Annual average temperature (Celsius)

Average annual rain (mm)

Average annual snowfall (cm)

 

GCIF Performance Indicators

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Core Indicator

Supporting Indicator

City Services

 

Education

Student/teacher ratio

Percentage of school-aged population enrolled in schools

Percentage of students completing primary and secondary education: survival rate

Percentage of male school-aged population enrolled in schools

Percentage of students completing primary education

Percentage of female school-aged population enrolled in schools

Percentage of students completing secondary education

 

Fire and Emergency Response

Number of firefighters per 100,000 population

Response time for fire department from initial call

Number of fire related deaths per 100,000 population

 

Health

Number of in-patient hospital beds per 100,000 population

Number of nursing and midwifery personnel per 100,000 population

Number of physicians per 100,000 population

 

Average life expectancy

 

Under age five mortality per 1,000 live births

 

Recreation

 

Square metres of public  indoor recreation space per capita

 

Square metres of public outdoor recreation space per capita

 

Safety

Number of police officers per 100,000 population

Violent crime rate per 100,000 population

Number of homicides per 100,000 population

 

Solid waste

Percentage of city population with regular solid waste collection

Percentage of the city’s solid waste that is disposed of in an incinerator

Percentage of city’s solid waste that is recycled

Percentage of the city’s solid waste that is burned openly

 

Percentage of the city’s solid waste that is disposed of in an open dump

 

Percentage of the city’s solid waste that is disposed of in a sanitary landfill

 

Percentage of the city’s solid waste that is disposed of by other means

Transportation

Km of high capacity public transit system per 100,000 population

Number of two-wheel motorized vehicles per capita

Km of light passenger transit system per 100,000 population

Commercial Air Connectivity (number of nonstop commercial air destinations)

Number of personal automobiles per capita

Transportation fatalities per 100,000 population

Annual number of public transit trips per capita

 

Wastewater

Percentage of city population served by wastewater collection

Percentage of the city’s wastewater receiving primary treatment

Percentage of the city’s wastewater that has received no treatment

Percentage of the city’s wastewater receiving secondary treatment

 

Percentage of the city’s wastewater receiving tertiary treatment

Water

Percentage of city population with potable water supply service

Total water consumption per capita (litres/day)

Domestic water consumption per capita (litres/day)

Percentage of water loss

Percentage of city population with sustainable access to an improved water source

Average annual hours of water service interruption per household

Electricity

Percentage of city population with authorized electrical service

Total electrical use per capita (kWh/year)

Total residential electrical use per capita (kWh/year)

The average number of electrical interruptions per customer per year

 

Average length of electrical interruptions (in hours)

Finance

 

 

Debt service ratio (debt service expenditure as a percent of a municipality’s own-source revenue)

Tax collected as percentage of tax billed

 

Own-source revenue as a percentage of total revenues

 

Capital spending as a percentage of total expenditures

Governance

 

Percentage of women employed in the city government workforce

Urban Planning

Jobs/Housing ratio

Areal size of informal settlements as a percent of city area

 

Green area (hectares) per 100,000 population

 

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Core Indicator

Supporting Indicator

Quality of Life

 

Civic Engagement

Voter participation in last municipal election (as a percent of eligible voters)

Citizen’s representation: number of local officials elected to office per 100,000 population

Culture

 

Percentage of jobs in the cultural sector

Economy

City product per capita

Percentage of persons in full time employment

City unemployment rate

 

Environment

PM10 concentration

Greenhouse gas emissions measured in tonnes per capita

Shelter

Percentage of city population living in slums

Percentage of households that exist without registered legal titles

 

Number of homeless people per 100,000 population

Social Equity

 

Percentage of city population living in poverty

Technology & Innovation

Number of internet connections per 100,000 population

Number of new patents per 100,000 per year

 

Number of higher education degrees per 100,000

 

Number of telephone connections (landlines and cell phones) per 100,000 population

 

Number of landline phone connections per 100,000 population

 

Number of cell phone connections per 100,000 population


Indices Under Development

 

Competitiveness Index

Mobility Index

Index on Ageing

Healthy Cities Index

Resilient City Index

Liveability Index