On January 08,2020 latest ranking based on fastest growing urban regions/ fastest growing cities in the world was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). as per the report 3 of the cities in Kerala were ranked in the top 10 places. Malappuram city of Kerala was ranked 1st in the list, while Kerala’s Kozhikode and Kollam cities were ranked in the 4th and 10th place respectively.EIU survey 2015-2020:
i.List preparation: The list was compiled on the basis of the data provided by the United Nations Population Division (UNPD).
ii.Top rankers: Malappuram was followed by Can Tho region in Vietnam at 2nd spot and Suqian in China in the 3rd spot.
iii.Cities in top 10 list: 1 city from Vietnam (Can Tho), 3 from China (Suqian, Suzhou and Putian), 1 city from Nigeria(Abuja), 1 from UAE (United Arab Emirates) i.e., Sharjah and one from Oman(Muscat) were featured in the top 10 list.
iv.Other indian cities: Thrissur city of Kerala was ranked at the 13th spot with a growth rate of 30.2%. Surat (Gujarat) was ranked at 27th spot and Tiruppur (Tamil Nadu) at the 30th spot.
v.Growth rate: Malappuram grew 44% from 2015 to 2020. In the past 5 years, Kozhikode had a growth rate of 34.5%, while Kollam had 31.1%.
vi.A similar study published by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) in November 2019 ranked Delhi in the 1st spot of fastest growing cities list. The other Indian cities in the list were Bengaluru(Karnataka), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Hyderabad (Telangana) and Surat(Gujarat)
About the Economist Intelligence Unit:
Fact- EIU, is a part of the popular Economist Magazine, provides forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis.
Headquarters- London, England.
Managing Director(MD)- Robin Bew.