Resonance and National Geographic Reveal America’s Best Cities - Resonance Consultancy

Resonance and National Geographic Reveal America’s Best Cities

Words—Rhiannon Morris

This month’s issue of National Geographic Traveler features the most interesting small cities in the U.S.—from ‘Dog-friendliest’ to ‘Most-Instagrammed’. It’s the result of an exciting collaboration between the media icon and Resonance’s 2018 America’s Best Cities data.

As the leading advisors in real estate, tourism, and economic development for countries, cities and communities, Resonance knows cities.

But keeping our insights, exclusive research and excitement for the world’s urban centers to ourselves (and to our client proposals) isn’t very fun.

It’s why we invest into our World’s Best Cities and America’s Best Cities ranking annually. It’s why we travel the world sharing our insights with destination marketers, real estate developers and local governments.

And it is why, as of this month, we partner with National GeographicTraveler to help the iconic media brand (and the most-read travel title on the planet) reveal America’s Best Small Cities.

The results are in the February/March 2018 issue of Traveler magazine, available now on newsstands and online.


The “America’s Best Small Cities” story in the Feb./Mar. 2018 Traveler



The February/March 2018 issue of Traveler features the story “Cities on the Rise,” an eight-page, 29-city ranking across index that range from “Most-Instagrammed” to “Sudsiest” across population size. Resonance Consultancy worked with National Geographic and applied our deep city knowledge and data to surface the best cities according to specific traveler interests.

“We were pleased to partner with Resonance, whose innovative research underpinned our editorial coverage with integrated data sets based on social media reviews and city statistics,” says National Geographic Traveler Editor-in-Chief George Stone. “This allows us to point our readers toward the best destinations for the best travel experiences in America’s best small cities.”

Each of the 10 categories yields three top cities according to population size: 40,000 to 100,000, 100,000 to 200,000 and 200,000 to 600,000.

There were plenty of surprises, and the cities that we surfaced—from Hickory, North Carolina, to Honolulu—offer plenty of inspiration for your summer travel plans, to say nothing of showcasing some of the best attributes of America’s smaller urban gems.


The Small Cities Index is based on Resonance Consultancy’s America’s Best Cities and World’s Best Cities program, which is housed on and features a “Choose Your Perfect City” tool based on this data, as well as extensive city profiles on our top 100.

The free 2018 America’s Best Cities report is available on our website.

Our approach to analyzing millions of consumer-generated ratings and reviews to create indexes such as these is an innovative new approach to revealing the characteristics that differentiate one place from another. We’re excited to be working with National Geographic to share this data and its insights with travelers around the world.

It’s just the first of many future collaborations with the travel and tourism media icon.

Our Best Cities ranking is the most comprehensive city ranking on the planet, based on an entirely original methodology that uses the opinions of the people who matter most: the visitors and residents.

To learn more about our approach to benchmarking and monitoring the competitive identity of cities and how Resonance might be of help to your city or region, please send me an email.