It’s not hard to find smart city rankings based on past accomplishments. But market intelligence firm GovWin+Onvia has released a report that ranks U.S. cities (and counties) by their actual buying behavior from 2015-2019.
SMART CITIES AND COUNTIES: Technology Adoption and Smarter Solutions in Local Government is a 38-page report that details industry trends and purchase rankings in five key areas: Smart transportation, smart emergency response, smart & big data, smart citizen engagement, and smart connected facilities. The firm compiled its rankings from its database of government bids, RFPs, and future spending plans.
The combined rankings did not contain any great surprises, although some smaller cities punched above their weight. Washington, DC, for instance, was second overall, even though its population of 693,972 is 12 times smaller than number one New York City. Likewise, Austin, TX came in fourth despite a population of just 950,715. Other cities buying far more than their size would suggest include Columbus, OH, Memphis, TN, and Baltimore, MD.
A review of the report suggests that suppliers may be overlooking counties as a sales target. Overall, 59% of smart city purchases were from cities, with 41% from counties. The county rankings were dominated by Florida (10 high-ranking counties) and California (8). But Hawaii County, ranked on 49th by population, was number six in purchasing. Other counties buying more than their population would predict include Orange County, CA and Montgomery County, MD.
The report also confirms a long-time trend: Each year, more and more government purchases include a “smart” component, even in traditional categories. The overall SLED market (state, local, and education) grew at an average of 2.1% per year during 2015-2019. This compares to 4.3% for ICT (information and communications technology) and an even more robust 7% for smart technologies in general, and 9.8% for smart transportation in particular.
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