City Mayors Foundation

Cities are shaping today's social, cultural, economic and technological agendas. They compete, learn from each other and act together. The City Mayors Foundation was established in 2003 to promote, campaign for and facilitate good, open and strong local government. The World Mayor Project has been honouring outstanding mayors since 2004.


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Economics
• Guide to richest and most expensive cities
• Most expensive cities
• Richest cities
• Most powerful cities
• Big Mac Guide

Statistics
• Largest cities in the world (1 to 150)
• Largest cities in the world (151 to 300)
• A to Z to largest cities in the world
• Countries with the largest cities in the world
• Introduction to largest cities in the world

Government
Women in US local government
World Mayors and politics
• Voter turnout - an international comparison
Mayors in Europe and their powers (2018)

Politics
Largest cities in the world and their mayors (2017)
Largest cities with women mayors (2017)
Capital cities and their mayors (2017)

Finance
Salaries of German mayors
Salaries of British mayors
• Salaries of Japanese mayors

Mayors
Belgian Mayors (2018)
British Mayors (2018)
Canadian Mayors (2018)
French Mayors (2017)
German mayors (2018)
Italian mayors (2018)
Japanese mayors (2019)
Polish mayors (2017)
Spanish mayors (2018)
US mayors (2019)




Two months before Filipino voters go to the polls in local elections, President Rodrigo Duterte has publically named 33 mayors, accusing them of being linked to the drug trade. Most of the politicians on the list belong to the opposition and are running for office. MORE



Los Angeles is ranked first in the purchasing power index due to a combination of high average earnings and relatively low prices. The same applies to Miami, while the Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva are ranked in the top-5 because of high average earnings. MORE



Code of Ethics: Good and honest local government is the foundation of any nation that strives to provide its citizens with happiness, security and prosperity. Incompetence, corruption and misconduct in local government threaten fundamental decency in a society. MORE


The 2018 World Mayor Project was dedicated to women in local government. World Mayor showed what female mayors accomplish all over the world. Their achievements will encourage more women to consider a career in local government and inspire them to run for office. MORE



Following the November 2018 mid-term elections, two thirds of the largest US cities are governed by Democrat mayors. Republican mayors rule in 23 per cent of of US cities, while some ten per cent of of mayors describe themselves as independent. There are 19,429 municipal governments. MORE


Spatial planning and development in the US is quite different from Europe in many regards. One of the biggest difference between planning in the US and Europe is that spatial planning and development in the US is almost exclusively a local government responsibility. MORE


Philippines’s President Duterte
accused of endangering lives
of opposition mayors

Metro News
: Two months before Filipino voters go to the polls in local and mid-term parliamentary elections, President Rodrigo Duterte has publically named 33 mayors and eight deputy mayors accusing them of being linked to the drug trade. Most of those politicians named by the President belong to opposition parties and are running for office. Critics have accused Duterte of trying to frighten his political opponents. When he read out the list of names in Davao City, where he was mayor for many years and which is now run by his daughter Sara Duterte, the President added comments like “you are on the narcotics list every year” or “why aren’t you dead yet…” FULL STORY



Spatial Planning in the USA:
Economic growth is of
paramount importance
Development: Spatial planning and development in the US is quite different from Europe in many regards.  One of the biggest differences between planning in the US and Europe is that spatial planning and development in the US is almost exclusively a local government responsibility. Spatial planning and development does not happen in a vacuum, of course. It is part of a whole socio-economic environment. Federal government policies on taxation, workers’ rights, property rights, etc. impose limits on what can be done. But the local government context is extremely important for understanding modernization in the US. MORE


Richest and most expensive
cities in the world

• Swiss cities are expensive but residents enjoy strong purchasing power.
• The price of a cup of coffee varies from US$6.40 in Doha to $0.62 in Lagos.
• A Big Mac is most affordable in Hong Kong
Economics: Zurich, Geneva, Oslo, Copenhagen and New York City are the five most expensive cities in the world, with Tokyo, Milan, London, Chicago and Helsinki completing the top ten. The ‘Prices and Earnings Survey’, conducted by the Swiss financial institution UBS every three years, measures how much people earn and how much the items in their average shopping basket cost. While Zurich and Geneva may seem expensive to visitors, the cities residents, because of high earnings, enjoy some of the highest purchasing power in the word. The world’s highest average earnings are enjoyed in Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Los Angles and Copenhagen. For example in Zurich, the average office employee has to work only 13 minutes to be able to afford a Big Mac. A New Yorker has to toil for 15 minutes to pay for a hamburger, while in Nairobi, the city with the lowest purchasing power, the average resident has to spend more than two hours at work to be able to afford a Big Mac. MORE


The World Mayor Project honours
women mayors from around the world

World Mayor: The 2018 World Mayor Project was dedicated to women in local government. It featured the achievements of women mayors from across the world and honours the best of them. The all-women long- and shortlists included mayors from towns and cities of all sizes who have served with integrity, determination and imagination. The 2018 World Mayor Prize and Commendations as well as the title Mayors of Distinction were conferred on female mayors who have instigated outstanding and long-lasting improvements to their communities and contributed new thinking to local government. The mayors' achievements are recognised beyond their cities and even countries. Winner of the 2018 World Mayor Prize: Valeria Mancinelli, Mayor of Ancona, Italy. World Mayor Commendations awarded to: Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, UK; Nathalie Appéré, Mayor of Rennes, France; Charlotte Britz, Mayor of Saarbrücken, Germany; Beng Climaco, Mayor of Zamboanga City, Philippines. 2018 Mayors of Distinction: Henriette Reker, Mayor of Cologne, Germany; Betsy Prize, Mayor of Fort Worth, USA; Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille, France; Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, France; Jasna Gabric, Mayor of Trbovlje, Slovenia; Souad Abderrahim, Mayor of Tunis, Tunesia. FULL RESULTS


Mayors of largest US cities:
Democrats are in control
Government: There are 19,429 municipal governments in the United States. Many small towns use the council-manager system (most counties are run this way) and those that don’t, have a weak mayor-council system. Almost all large US cities have strong mayor systems. Following the November 2018 mid-term elections, two thirds of the largest US cities are governed by Democrat mayors. Republican mayors rule in 23 per cent of US cities, while some ten per cent of mayors of large cities describe themselves as independent. 2019 EDITION


Massacres in schools and churches
will not change America’s gun culture

Society: Deadly shootings in schools, churches or shopping malls do not deter Americans from buying and owning guns. Research by the Pew Research Center, conducted in 2017, reveals that some 30 per cent of American adults own at least one gun, with another 11 per cent living with someone who does. According to Pew, gun ownership is more common among men than women, and white men are particularly likely to be gun owners. Among those living in rural areas, 46 per cent say they are gun owners, compared with 28 per cent of those who live in the suburbs and 19 per cent in urban areas. There are also significant differences across parties, with Republican and Republican-leaning independents more than twice as likely as Democrats and those who lean Democratic to say they own a gun (44% vs. 20%). FULL 2018 REPORT


International comparison of
voter turnout in mayoral elections

Politics: Voters’ interest in municipal affairs is at an all-time low in the US. Research in 2017 and 2018 shows that mayoral elections in some the largest American cities attract seldom more than 30 per cent of people eligible to vote. In Dallas only six per cent of voters took part in the mayoral election. In Britain, the first group of English regional mayors, who have considerably political and economic clout, was elected in May 2017 and 2018 by a decidedly unenthusiastic electorate. Voter participation in German mayoral elections is usually between 40 and 50 per cent, while in Italy turnout between 50 and 60 per cent is not uncommon. In Japan, the average voter turnout in the 62 mayoral elections in 2015 stood at a record low of 50.5 per cent, Voter participation in German mayoral elections is usually between 40 and 50 per cent, while in Italy turnout between 50 and 60 per cent is not uncommon. MORE


Japanese mayors receive
upper management salaries

Economics: Mayors in Japan are typically among the highest earners in their municipal government with a salary that is comparable to that of upper-middle management in a large firm. Topping the table of highest earning mayors is Fumiko Hayashi of Yokohama City who receives an annual salary of ¥19.2 million, while at the other end of the scale Takashi Kawamura of Nagoya receives just over a quarter of this figure with an annual pay packet of ¥5.3 million. There are numerous factors to take into account when gauging whether these salaries should be considered as relatively high or low when comparing with professions that offer similar pay. Japanese businesses often reward higher salaries and senior positions to employees on the basis of time served at the company. The 38-year-old Toshihito Kumagai of Chiba City, who is the youngest mayor on the list, should be considered as having a relatively high salary for his age bracket, given that the average age of a manager of a large company to reach the same salary would be 45 to 49 years old. MORE


The Big Mac Guide: Time at work
it takes to afford a Big Mac

Economics: The McDonald’s Big Mac hamburger is sold in some 120 countries around the world. Since it was first introduced in the US in 1967, it has become a truly global product. While in most Western countries the hamburger is an inexpensive convenient meal, for consumers in developing it is often a luxury compared to local dishes. People in cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Zurich or Los Angeles need to work less than 15 minutes to be able to afford a Big Mac, while the cost of the McDonald’s hamburger in cities like Istanbul, Jakarta or Mexico City is higher than the average hourly wage. In Nairobi, hungry residents need to work for more than two hours to be able to pay for a Big Mac. MORE