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Performance of cities and their competitiveness in trying to attract the best is not a recent phenomenon. In India however, the measurement of this is very recent. We at Indicus Analytics attempt to measure these performance on various parameters for most of the urban cities. Our publication City Skyline of India measures the comparative performance of the top 112 urban centers in India. Presented here is this analysis of the top 38 cities of Northern India. Why 38? or why 122? The process of identification of these urban centers is the way that markets are catered to by locations within a state and region. The identified set are the entry points to the large urban market in the region they represent. Thus together they cover the majority part of the state and the country as a whole.
A set of broad parameters across 38 cities in the following states - J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Rajashan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi, were covered to arrive at some interesting conclusions.
A composite ranking based on inverse of unemployment rate, employment growth rate, reside in Index, economy index, penetration of 4 wheelers and 2 wheelers, market size and inverse of population growth (higher ranking on any of these indicates easier and better living) was constructed.
Clearly Chandigarh and Delhi are the most vibrant hubs and cities around it make it to the top bracket. Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Rupanagar and Ambala form one vibrant cluster apart from the established NCR cluster. Indore is the lone ranger outside these two clusters. It is clear that the performance of the state does push the cities performance. Punjab and Haryana have been the most consistent high performing states, while UP, MP and Rajasthan are among the lowest performers in these 38 cities, there are hardly any surprises. Most of these are traditional centres and have not benefited from the surging economy in the same way as rest of the major urban center in the country have. Moradabad with its export potential does seem to be an outlier, however the current slowdown may actually impact this city. It may be noted that these 38 centres analyzed are the top ones in terms of market size. Hence, they are the bottom 10 out of the top 38 only, and continue to be among the top cities of the region.
We also looked at a few psychographic characteristics - Experimentation, Westernization and Cosmopolitan character of the city. The table shows the cities that scored very high on the above characteristics