- New York = 827m ("new york city" returns only about 102m)
- London = 539m
- Paris = 597m
- Tokyo = 142m in English, plus 427m for 東京 for a total of 569m
- Hong Kong = 246m in English, plus 290m for 香港 for a total of 536m
- Los Angeles = 267m (quotes or not, doesn't seem to make much difference)
- Singapore = 221m
- Chicago = 337m
- Seoul = 35.5m
- Toronto = 157m
Okay, so these results are not at all scientific, but they do quite closely match the kinds of rankings you see in the academic, popular and web press. What about cities in the UK? Well, we have Manchester at 139m ( swelled by football references?), Birmingham at 85m, Glasgow at 58m, Edinburgh at 53m, Leeds at 46m, Sheffield at 39m and Inverness at 14m. No doubt there's a lot of noise in these results but again it mirrors other ways of measuring.
In my work, I'm much more interested in the places far lower down the urban 'hierarchy' and not so much in rankings but it's interesting to see how this little exercise has turned out.