Dell and IHS Economics ranked the world's 50 most "future-ready" cities, or those that are most associated with innovation.

Singapore, London, and San Jose rounded out the top three, followed by San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Boston, Austin, Raleigh, Stockholm and Sydney filled the remainder of the top ten.

Not surprisingly, cities rose to the top based on various strengths. As in the U.S. ranking, San Jose and San Francisco combined high innovation and investment rankings with strong showings in education and labor force engagement.

Singapore is the world leader in public-private collaboration and labor force engagement, and top three in culture and lifestyle and data transparency. Singapore’s infrastructure, including its world-class airport, also helped boost its ranking.

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