- Estimated rank in 10 years: 3
- Avg. prime property price: $1,600/sq. ft. (26th most)
- Population: 12,385,263 (13th largest)
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China — the most populous country in the world. As a result, it is rated among the highest in the political power category. Although China is an emerging economy, Beijing does fairly well in the categories of economic activity, where it ranks sixth, and knowledge and influence, where it ranks ninth. Perhaps most notable is the fact that Beijing is rated as the city fastest growing in importance. As evidence, Beijing is expected to become the third-most important city to the wealthy in 10 years, which will put the city directly behind London and New York.
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