Asia Pacific cities are driving the global economy.
From the West Coast of the Americas spanning cities including Vancouver, San Francisco and Lima to Auckland, Jakarta and the metropolises of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo, the 100 biggest metropolitan centers across the region make up one fifth of the global economy, or $22 trillion worth in 2014 (click on the charts to enlarge).
That’s according to a new analysis by the Brookings Institution, which identified the 100 largest metro economies — 49 in China, 19 in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, 12 in North America, seven each in Southeast Asia and Latin America, and six in Australia and New Zealand.
“The Asia-Pacific MetroMonitor reaffirms the shift in global economic growth to the East and South, as Asia continues its path through urbanization and industrialization,” the report’s authors Joseph Parilla and Jesus Leal Trujillo wrote. “As a result, major metro economies remain the engines of the Asia-Pacific economy and its centers for trade and investment.”
The numbers tell their own story: The 100 biggest metropolitan economies in the Asia Pacific region together accounted for 20 percent of global GDP and 29 percent of global GDP growth in 2014. If they were a single country, they’d be the largest national economy on earth with $21.9 trillion in output last year.
Chinese metro economies enjoyed the fastest GDP per capita growth.