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The 25 most high-tech cities in the world

Cities are the way of the future.

In less than 35 years, the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the world population will be living in urban areas. That's an additional 2.5 billion people. The cities that will flourish the most are those that rely on cutting-edge technologies and create opportunities for people to develop new ones.

To get a sense of which cities do that the best, Tech Insider consulted 2thinknow, a research firm that specializes in analyzing innovative cities, to rank the most high-tech cities in the world. The firm chose nine factors related to technological advancement — including the number of patents filed and number of venture capitalists invested in a city's technology — weighted them, and ranked a list of 85 cities accordingly. (Check out the full methodology here.)

Here are the top 25 cities on 2thinknow's list. If you want to know what the future will look like, these are the places to keep an eye on.

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