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The PICSA Index

Measuring cities’ inclusive prosperity is an important aid to identifying the policies and practices that work, so that other cities can learn from success stories. The PICSA Index therefore aims to meet this need for a comparative analysis of inclusive prosperity in cities across the globe.

How PICSA measures inclusive prosperity

Inclusive prosperity is a multi-dimensional concept involving spatial factors, social goods, and established measures of economic health. The PICSA Index framework reflects these different elements as follows:


GDP per capita and empirical quality of life measures

Social Inclusion

Personal safety, access to education, and access to ICT (Internet)

Spatial Inclusion

Affordability of housing, environmental quality, and access to healthcare

1st annual PICSA Index Report

The 1st annual PICSA Index Report was released on November 21st, 2019, shortly after the awards ceremony in Bilbao, Basque Country.

Of the report, PICSA Index co-founder Bruno Lanvin (D&L Partners) said, “With the PICSA index, for the first time, cities were measured not only based on income, but on three pillars that create an overall picture of inclusivity. Through their work on prosperity, social inclusion and spatial inclusion, the cities that ranked on the top of the index have demonstrated world-leading projects and policies that have created inclusive urban centres for all their citizens. On behalf of D&L Partners and the Governments of Bilbao and Biscay, I wish to congratulate the top cities on their outstanding contributions to building a more prosperous and inclusive world”.

The top 3 cities of the 1st annual PICSA Index are (in order): Zurich, Switzerland; Vienna, Austria; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Cities are assessed on data from these three areas by an international jury of experts. These assessments produce an overall score for each city’s inclusive prosperity, allowing them to be ranked based on a wide range of measures. This year, over 110 cities have been analysed: the Top 20 will receive the PICSA City Seal.

Inaugural PICSA Ceremony & Dinner

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

16:00 CET  21 November 2019

D&L Partners