The global cities punching above their weight and how to spot them

A city’s demographics can say a lot about its investment potential. Savills’ Yolande Barnes looks at how populations are changing.

Some cities are more heavily invested in than others but are investors selecting the right ones? Global cities face many challenges, one of which is how their populations are changing.

Slow-growing or shrinking populations can mean decreasing demand for many types of real estate. Shrinking workforces can impair productivity and threaten rental growth, while ageing populations and high dependency ratios can mean increased tax burdens and can threaten competitiveness.

Meanwhile, large populations give