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Best-Performing Cities China 2019

Since 2015, the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities China series has used the latest and most comprehensive official data to track the economic performance of cities. Our analysis offers recommendations on improving performance, and provides businesses with insight into regional economic trends, helping them to explore potential investment opportunities.


2019 Rankings

Our index presents two separate rankings—one for first - and second-tier cities and another for third-tier cities—to reflect the fact that cities fall into different developmental stages and urban hierarchies. First- and second-tier cities are normally the forerunners of urbanization, larger in size, and receive more support from the central government.



1. Chengdu, Sichuan (四川省成都市) 1. Dongguan , Guangdong (广东省, 东莞市)
2. Shenzhen, Guangdong (广东省深圳市) 2. Nantong, Jiangsu (江苏省南通市)
3. Beijing (北京市) 3. Zhuhai, Guangdong (广东省珠海市)
4. Lanzhou, Gansu (甘肃省兰州市) 4. Taizhou, Jiangsu (江苏省泰州市)
5. Zhengzhou, Henan (河南省郑州市) 5. Dazhou, Sichuan (四川省达州市)
6. Xi’an, Shaanxi (陕西省西安市) 6. Yingtan, Jiangxi (江西省鹰潭市)
7. Guiyang, Guizhou (贵州省贵阳市) 7. Luohe, Henan (河南省漯河市)
8. Changchun, Jilin (吉林省长春市) 8. Anshun, Guizhou (贵州省安顺市)
9. Wuhan, Hubei (湖北省武汉市) 9. Suzhou, Jiangsu (江苏省苏州市)
10. Xiamen, Fujian (福建省厦门市) 10. Maanshan, Anhui (安徽省马鞍山市)


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