Shanghai, often referred to as China’s commercial and financial centre, has enjoyed strong economic growth over the past two decades.
It is now among the richest cities in China, generating a GDP per capita of $11,500. With 19.2 million inhabitants, Shanghai is the most populous city in the index.
The city’s selection as the venue for World Expo 2010 was a sign of its growing international status.
Shanghai ranks average overall in the Index, with strong clean air policies, the world’s longest metro network, but also very high CO2 emissions.