How one Spot compares to all other Spots worldwide. A W-2 rank would signify an area that's quiet compared to the rest of the world, like a suburb in Lincoln, Nebraska. W-10 ranks are in the world's most active areas, like SoHo in Manhattan or the busiest neighborhoods of London.
The City Rank illustrates how one Spot's city compares to other cities at any given time. On weekday rush hours, a C-10 Rank would give Manhattan a 10 vs. Omaha's 1. Ann Arbor, Boulder and Burlington would all be ranked C-5 at 8pm on a Saturday.
Local Rank ignores data from other cities, and shows how one Spot compares to others within that Spot's metro area. The most active areas of Cheyenne, Wyoming or Cedar Rapids, Iowa will get a L-10 Rank. The least active areas in Paris and San Francisco, although far more active than the Cheyenne and Cedar Rapids hotspots, would be assigned a L-1 Rank.
The Trending Rank is provided on a five-point scale of -2 to +2, indicating whether activity in a Spot will increase, decrease, or hold steady over the next hour. Penn Station at 6am, just before rush hour, will get T +2 Rank, indicating that a throng of rush hour traffic is about to hit. Denver's Lower Downtown will get a -2 Rank at 1am on a Saturday morning, indicating that the partygoers are about to leave the clubs and head home in the next hour.