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The 20 Safest Cities in the World


A recent investigation carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit in London has classified 60 major cities in the world according to their level of security. We tell you which are the best rated in this aspect.

Although the safety of a city is sometimes difficult to measure, a new report carried out by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit has classified several of the world's largest cities according to its safety based on 57 indicators that include factors such as the level of police participation, access to medical care or the friendliness of pedestrians.

The clear winner is Tokyo, considered the safest city in the world, thanks to its 92 out of 100 score. The capital of Japan also ranked first in digital security (94.4) and placed in the top five in health security (second), infrastructure security (fourth) and personal security (fourth). In second place in general we find Singapore (91.5), closely followed by the also Japanese Osaka, with 90.9.
Based on the index, it can be concluded that six of the ten safest cities in the world are in the Asia-Pacific region. Amsterdam, Sydney or Toronto stand out in the top positions. The only city in the United States that appears in the top ten is its capital, although Chicago almost sneaks in thanks to its eleventh position. No major Spanish city appears in the top twenty positions.

"The investigation highlights how different types of security are completely intertwined," Naka Kondo, senior editor of the Intelligence Unit at The Economist and editor of the report, told CNN. The research is especially relevant if we take into account the urbanization expansion forecasts, by 2050. In that year it is estimated that 68% of the world will live in cities, compared to the current 56%, according to data from the Population Division of the UN referred to in the study.

In the 60 cities surveyed, the overall safety average of 100 was 71.2, slightly lower than Rome (76.4) and one notch higher than Beijing (70.5). The three lower cities were Yangon, Myanmar (41.9); Caracas, Venezuela (40.1); and Lagos, Nigeria (38.1).

The safest cities in the world

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Singapore
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • San Francisco, California
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New York
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Hong Kong