With technology becoming more prevalent in the world, more and more places are becoming smart cities in a bid to revolutionise themselves, and offer a better standard of living for those who reside in them.

The definition of smart cities can vary depending on which source you locate, but one thing which cannot be argued is the way they use the technology available to drive economic growth, as well as enhance the quality of life for its citizens.

So where are the best smart cities in the world? Here is our guide to the top 5 as judged by popular rankings:

New York

The ‘Big Apple’ is widely regarded as the best smart city in the world. The technologically enhanced American city is populated by more than 8.5 million people. A couple of schemes New York use sees The Department of Environmental Protection for the city utilise a meter reading to get a viewpoint of water consumption, while it has also introduced solar-powered ‘smart’ bins which monitor levels of rubbish and makes sure it is collected regularly.

London

The capital city of England is the leader in areas such as commerce, entertainment, finance and media among many other things. It is generally highlighted for its governance, technology, economy and its international relations, making it a multi-cultural city welcoming millions of residents and visitors each year.

Paris

Mobility, transportation and international outreach are the reasons behind Paris being perceived as the third biggest smart city in the world. The French capital is in the process of developing the Grand Paris Express, which will be based around automated metro lines and a number of new stations, ahead of the city hosting the Olympic Games in 2024.

Tokyo

The leading Asian smart city is Tokyo, another capital city preparing to host the Olympic Games. They stage the event in 2020 and as a result, the economy and human capital are among the highest anywhere in the world. They are undergoing further enhancements in technology, ahead of having the leading athletes on the globe in one place next summer.

Reykjavik

Slightly surprisingly, the Icelandic capital city is in the leading five smart cities in the world. With a huge dedication to environmental projects, the city has encouraged many citizens to use buses more regularly. The public is invited to offer their ideas on services and developments within the city, creating a community feel to the bettering of Reykjavik as a whole.

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