CHIEF executive Stephen Albin from NSW Urban Development Institute of Australia said their report found Parramatta was "a stand-out leader".
Those who know the city would not be surprised and it has all the essential elements of a great city.
It's a fantastic place to live, work and raise a family.
For a start it is an employment hub: close to 50,000 people work in the CBD and over the next 20 years this is expected to grow to 100,000 jobs.
The interchange is serviced by eight arterial bus routes with the Liverpool to Parramatta busway having more than one million passengers each year.
Parramatta offers a diverse selection of dining, cultural and entertainment experiences and it has the fastest growing night-time economy in Australia.
Pirtek Stadium, Westfields, Rosehill Gardens, Riverside Theatres and the World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park offer many shopping, sporting and leisure options.
It also offers choice in housing, from inner-city high-rise to quiet suburban streets with close proximity to outstanding schools and universities.
University of Western Sydney is now opening a campus in the heart of Parramatta's CBD.
With close to 50 per cent of the residents born overseas, Parramatta is one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in Australia.
As the "capital of western Sydney", Parramatta will continue to flourish as it services the whole of western Sydney over the coming decades.