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The Most Investable Cities in America [2024 Survey]

We recently conducted a survey of 3,000 investors to discover which cities they would most want to invest in if they were publicly traded shares.

Here are the results:

Implications of the Study

  • Investment Perspective Shift: Our study suggests a novel way of evaluating cities’ potential through an investment lens, akin to stock market trading. It could influence how investors, policymakers, and residents perceive and invest in urban development and revitalization.
  • Urban Development and Innovation: Cities identified as “investable” are likely those which adapt, innovate, and foster ecosystems where culture, technology, and education converge. This highlights the importance of holistic urban planning that incorporates economic, cultural, and technological advancements.
  • Economic Diversification as Key: The diverse economic bases of these top cities underline the significance of having multiple strong sectors (e.g. technology, healthcare, education) for long-term growth and stability.
  • Focus on Quality of Life: Cities like Coral Springs and Santa Barbara, known for their quality of life, suggest that investors value not only economic indicators but also the living conditions that attract and retain residents.
  • Urban Revitalization & Redevelopment: The inclusion of cities focusing on revitalization and redevelopment projects indicates a growing interest in urban transformation efforts, signaling opportunities for investment in infrastructure, real estate, and community development.
  • Educational & Healthcare Sectors as Pillars: The prominence of cities with strong educational and healthcare sectors emphasizes their role in driving economic stability and growth, attracting investments in intellectual capital and innovation.
  • Coastal and Historical Cities’ Appeal: The appeal of coastal cities for their tourism and real estate, and historical cities for their cultural heritage, suggests a broader range of investment opportunities beyond traditional industrial or tech hubs.
  • Implications for Policy and Governance: The findings could encourage city leaders and policymakers to focus on enhancing their city’s investability through strategic planning, infrastructure investment, and fostering a conducive environment for innovation and economic growth.
  • Community and Cultural Investments: The significance of cities that foster vibrant arts scenes and community engagement indicates a growing recognition of the social and cultural dimensions of investment, beyond mere economic considerations.


Online panel survey of 3,000 adults based on age, gender, and geography. Internal data sources are used to obtain population data sets. We used a two-step process to ensure representativeness through stratified sampling and post-stratification weighting. 

Respondents are carefully chosen from a geographically representative online panel of double opt-in members. This selection is further tailored to meet the precise criteria required for each unique survey. Throughout the survey, we design questions to carefully screen and authenticate respondents, guaranteeing the alignment of the survey with the ideal participants. 

To ensure the integrity of our data collection, we employ an array of data quality methods. Alongside conventional measures like digital fingerprinting, bot checks, geo-verification, and speeding detection, etc. each response undergoes a thorough review by a dedicated team member to ensure quality and contextual accuracy. Our commitment extends to open-ended responses, subjecting them to scrutiny for gibberish answers and plagiarism detection.

Tanvi Dasaur is a vibrant multi-tasker, juggling the worlds of copywriting and marketing, with a flair for sales, operations, and personal finance. Beyond her professional pursuit of deadlines, data, and trends, Tanvi is a melomaniac and savvy investor, who believes in the power of smart financial planning and long-term investing. She finds joy in the little things – playtime with her Goberian and bunnies, a well-written line, a smart investment decision, or a song that just gets her. Tanvi strongly believes that best stories are those that blend passion with purpose, and she aspires to infuse her own journey with this ethos. She is also a fervent advocate for the concept of gamifying life and approaches each day as a fresh opportunity for growth, learning, and leveling up.