Digital Germany: Smart City Ranking 2020

Comparison of Over 400 German Cities and Municipalities

Haselhorst Associates has examined more than 400 German cities and municipalities in terms of their Smart City progress. For the purpose of this ranking exercise, we have evaluated over 25,000 data records from these cities’ official statistics as well as qualitative analyses provided by public Smart City initiatives. All of these data were assigned to eight “smart” areas on the basis of 52 different criteria and weighted according to their significance: Strategy and Implementation (basis), Digital Infrastructure, Digital Mobility, Digital Energy & the Environment, Digital Buildings & Neighborhoods, Digital Health, Digital Education and Digital Administration. The level of digitalization was thus identified for each municipality featured in our survey and its potential for further improvement determined. The “ideal” smart city was assigned a digitalization level of 100 percent.

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Click on the graphic. Now zoom in on the map to find your city. Click on a circle to discover your city’s position within the overall ranking. The orange circles represent the top 10 cities in Germany. The golden circles represent all of the other cities included in our ranking. The larger the circle, the higher a city’s status in the overall assessment.

Smart City Ranking 2020: The Top 10

With a digitalization level of 45 percent, Hamburg has come out on top in this year’s survey

Cologne is the second-placed city in this year’s ranking. With a 44 percent level of digitalization, it fell only slightly short of the top-rated city. The other cities ranked in the top 10 are as follows: Munich was third, followed by Darmstadt, Wolfsburg and Kiel, Paderborn, Bonn, Ravensburg and Solingen. This clearly demonstrates that Germany’s major cities were once again among the leaders in this year’s ranking exercise. However, with Ravensburg a medium-sized city has made it into the top 10 for the first time. This goes to show that, rather than things standing still, Smart City represents a process of constant change.

How digital is your city?

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Click on one of the top 10 cities to find out more about its level of digitalization in a specific Smart City field.



Smart City Benchmark 2020

Using Darmstadt as an example

How digital is your city in terms of the following categories? 1. Neighboring cities, 2. Cities in your federal state and 3. Cities of a similar size. Taking Darmstadt as an example, here is a view of the top 10 cities in each category. The graphic below shows you the information you will be provided with for your city after completing the registration process.

How is your city ranked?

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