Safest Cities in the World in 2022 (and the most dangerous ones)

The Safe Cities Index, published by The Economist Intelligence Unit is a report that ranks 60 cities based on 76 indicators related to environmental, personal, and digital security.

As with most reports where the quality of life and safety are measured, Scandinavian cities again find themselves a place in the Top 10, while Australia stands out with two cities.

Now, let’s take a close look at the top 10 safest cities. Don’t forget to check out the most dangerous ones at the bottom, too!

World’s Safest Cities: Top 10

1. Copenhagen 

One of the main reasons for Copenhagen’s high safety ranking is its low crime rate. It’s a city with a first-class police force that is technically well-trained and equipped. Also, Denmark is a very liberal country where you can walk around freely, male, female, old, young, minority or not. A narrow wealth gap is also considered a major factor in Copenhagen’s safety. It is a city where the cleaning assistant and the CEO meet at the local supermarket and have their children in the same school.  The narrow disparity between wealthy and non-wealthy citizens reflects trust among the Danish people. It is common to see members of the Royal Family riding their bikes to the public daycare center to drop off their children. All these factors create trust in the society which helps constitute a safe environment.

Overall Score: 82.4

Copenhagen

2. Toronto 

Toronto is one of the most populous cities in North America, as well as the most populous city in Canada, although it isn’t the country’s capital. There are so many different races and cultures living in Toronto that the city is considered to be one of the most multicultural areas in the world, and Toronto has a lot more to boast about. Because the city is a hub for business, the arts, and finance, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the safest cities in the world. It’s true some pickpocketing cases have been recorded but still, they’re not as many as in different parts of the world. Using taxis and the public transit system when exploring the city is considered very safe.

Overall Score: 82.2

Singapore

4. Sydney 

Sydney is one of the world’s safest and most livable cities, with a diverse and inclusive population of global citizens. Sydney, Australia’s financial and economic powerhouse, offers business and career opportunities in addition to its famous landmarks, natural beauty, and amazing restaurants. Australians are known for their friendliness, and you will always find a smile wherever you go. For the most part, you’ll feel safe and welcomed as you join the vibrant and multicultural communities that span social, religious, and cultural groups across Sydney. However, incidents do happen occasionally. The best way to stay safe in or around Sydney is to exercise constant vigilance and use caution while exploring the area.

Overall Score: 80.1

5. Tokyo 

It is well known that Japan has one of the lowest overall crime rates in the world. The city of Tokyo is no exception. People routinely walk home alone very late at night without fear of physical harm because rough areas are few and far between. Respect for other people’s persons and possessions is an important part of Japanese culture. This means that if you leave your wallet on a park bench, your phone on the subway, or your purse in a store, you will most likely be able to get it untouched. Tokyo is very populated There aren’t many cities with that many people where it’s safe to walk around at night and take public transportation. However, as in any other large city, remaining vigilant is the key to staying safe.

Overall Score: 80

6. Amsterdam 

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most famous cities, and as such, it is a popular tourist destination. People come from all over the world to see the sights, enjoy the nightlife, and perhaps indulge in some of the city’s unique vices. It is simple to get around the city, which has efficient public transportation, bike rentals, and numerous bicycle routes. Many locals speak English, in case you need help. There are numerous safe hotels and hostels that cater to visitors. With a few exceptions, most Amsterdam neighborhoods are safe for walking—even alone. The Red Light District is one place to avoid after dark. During the day, it attracts all types of people, but at night, it might be a bit dodgy.

Overall Score: 79.3

Amsterdam

8= Hong Kong 

Hong Kong is a developed economy with very low crime rates throughout the city. It has a long history of embracing expats and foreign workers as part of its rich cultural heritage. That is not to say that crime does not occur. Thefts, assaults, and burglaries occur in the same way that they do in any other city, and organized crime is an issue in the city. However, crime rates are comparatively low and decreasing. Many Hong Kongers state that they feel safe walking around alone at night. The transportation system is also open until late and some minibusses will run at night as well.

Overall Score: 78.6

Hong Kong

8= Melbourne 

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and Australia’s second-largest city. It is a city with numerous museums and art galleries, earning it the moniker “Australia’s Cultural Capital.” Melburnians are known for their friendliness, helpfulness, and desire to have a good time. In general, Melbourne’s public transportation is safe, but the stations on the city’s outskirts can feel unsafe due to their emptiness. ​The City of Melbourne has a number of strategies and plans in place to keep its residents safe. Tourists also say that they feel safe and welcomed in the city but they’re still recommended to stay in areas where security cameras are installed. 

Overall Score: 78.6

10. Stockholm

Stockholm is one of the safest cities in the world, which is dependent on several factors, the first being well-policed. But you won’t see an officer on every corner, but if the need for a police presence arises, officers always seem to respond quickly. The second factor is the well-lit streets. As Stockholm is a very dark city in the winter, significant investments have been made to ensure that streets are well lit, that lights are properly maintained and cared for, and that residents rarely have to walk down a dark or poorly lit street. Also, the transportation system is good and well-regulated. Pickpocketing and other small-time crimes are relatively uncommon but always dealt with effectively when they are reported.

Overall Score: 78

Stockholm

Safest Cities: Pillars and Indicators 

Both quantitative and qualitative indicators are included in the Safe Cities Index 2021, secure internet servers and life expectancy at birth as quantitative indicators, and petty crime rates and privacy policies as qualitative indicators.

The index includes 76 indicators that are related to various facets of urban safety and covers 60 major cities worldwide. These are categorized into five main pillars:

  • Digital Security
  • Health Security
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Personal Security
  • Environmental Security

Here’s how cities rank according to these pillars:

Digital Security

1. Sydney
2. Singapore
3. Copenhagen
4=Los Angeles
4=San Fransico

Health Security

1. Tokyo
2. Singapore
3. Hong Kong
4. Melbourne
5. Osaka

Infrastructure Security

1. Hong Kong
2. Singapore
3. Copenhagen
4. Toronto
5.
Tokyo

Personal Security

1. Copenhagen
2. Amsterdam
3. Frankfurt
4. Stockholm
5. Brussels

Environmental Security

1. Wellington
2. Toronto
3. Washington DC
4. Bogota
5. Milan

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities

Now that we’ve become familiar with the safest cities in the world, let’s take a close look at the dangerous ones. According to the index, the below cities aren’t safe at all.

10th Most Dangerous City: Mumbai

Mumbai is a large, populated city, so crime is prevalent there. Travelers should avoid riding alone in taxis or on public transportation during the evening hours as they are more likely to become victims. When you are in crowded, busy parts of the city, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on your possessions.

9th Most Dangerous City: Manila

Manila scores 52.5 points overall and is among the lowest scorers for personal security due to its moderately high levels of crime and likelihood of natural disasters. Due to high rates of street crime, you should exercise common sense caution and pay extra attention when using public transportation.

8th Most Dangerous City: Baku

Muggings do occasionally happen after dark in Baku's center near the bars and clubs and close to the dimly lit entrances of private apartments. Visitors are recommended to be alert, avoid carrying a lot of cash, and avoid going for a nighttime walk alone.

7th Most Dangerous City: Kuwait City

As long as local laws and customs are followed, it is generally safe for tourists to visit. However, despite the fact that violence against foreigners is uncommon, Kuwait is ranked very high in the index for the threat of terrorism, military conflict, and civil unrest.

6th Most Dangerous City: Dhaka

Dhaka is one of the most dangerous cities because of its rapidly growing population, which makes it a high-risk area for air pollution and poses a significant risk to public health. Dhaka is also considered one of the most polluted cities in the world.

5th Most Dangerous City: Casablanca

With 48.2 points, Casablanca is ranked fifth. The absence of a sustainability master plan and the poor waste management cause a low score for environmental security in particular. Since 2015, the overall crime rate has remained moderate, but travelers still should be cautious.

4th Most Dangerous City: Cairo

Cairo is well-known for its pyramids and ancient history, but the city's crime rate is unfortunately very high. less desirable. Cairo is a city with widespread petty crime, high levels of income inequality, and poor environmental security. The report notes that there is a high risk of terrorism in Cairo and nearby sites.

3rd Most Dangerous City: Caracas

Venezuela's capital, despite being a significant center for culture, commerce, and industry, is third on a list of the world's most dangerous cities due to a high rate of crime. The murder rate is very high in Caracas, with an estimated 53 murders per 100,000 residents.

2nd Most Dangerous City: Karachi

Even though Pakistan's security has recently improved, there are still significant problems with income inequality, sectarian violence, and terrorism. Kidnapping and attempted terrorist attacks are deemed to be very likely. The city's overall score is 39.7.

The Most Dangerous City: Yangon

When a coup occurred in February 2021 and the Myanmar military seized power, the situation in the country's capital reached a crisis point. The city scored just 39.5 out of a possible 100 points, making it the most dangerous in the world.

World’s Safest Cities: The Bottom Line

There you have it…Safe city rankings according to the Safe Cities Index by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Of course, nowhere in the world can be 100 percent safe, including your home city. Using our common sense is the key to personal safety wherever we may go. But it’s apparently true that in these cities you’ll feel safe and secure than anywhere else.

Have you ever been to these cities? How was your experience? Did you feel safe? Let us know…

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the number 1 safest city in the world?

Copenhagen is considered to be the safest place according to the index. High living standards, trust among the residents, being a walkable city, transport safety, and equal rights are some of the features that add to the urban safety outlook of the city.

Is Dubai among safe cities?

In the index, Dubai ranks 35th safest city with a score of 64.6, which is considered under average. Under the environmental security pillar, it ranks 56th which is very low. But under personal security and digital security, its rank is 25 and 24 respectively. Its health security score is 75.5 which makes it 13th in that category. Its infrastructure security ranking is 32.

Are Asian cities safe?

Asia is usually considered safe. Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong find themselves places in the top 10. However, as you can see, Yangon in Myanmar is considered the most dangerous city in the world. So make sure to do research before you plan a trip.

Is San Francisco safe?

According to the index, San Francisco is the 15th safest city in the world. According to the digital security category, it's the fourth. Under the health security index, it's the 11the safest city. Infrastructure security wise it's the 18th and in the environmental security category, it's the 19th. But under the personal security pillar, it's the 30th.

Source: The Safe Cities Index 2021 

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