The 30 safest cities in the world

Philip Lange/ShutterstockDallas, Texas, is one of the safest cities in the world.
  • The Economist released its 2017 Safe Cities Index.
  • It ranks 60 of the world’s major cities based on digital, health, infrastructure, and personal security.
  • Tokyo, Japan, is the safest city with a score of 89.80 out of 100 (the average is 72).

Bustling cities like Tokyo, London, or New York City aren’t small towns where people leave their doors unlocked or their computers unattended at coffee shops.

But these cities are safer than you might think.

The Economist released its annual Safe Cities Index ranking 60 major cities worldwide according to 49 indicators that were then averaged into four security categories: digital, health, infrastructure, and personal. The scores are out of 100, with the average sitting at 72.

Asian and European cities dominated the top of the list: in the top 10, four are East Asian cities (Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka and Hong Kong), and three are European (Amsterdam, Stockholm and Zurich).

Here are the top 30 safest cities in the world.

30. Doha, Qatar

Score: 73.59

29. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Score: 76.35

28. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

PixabayAbu Dhabi.

Score: 76.91

27. Rome, Italy

Score: 78.67

26. Dallas, Texas

Philip Lange/ShutterstockDallas.

Score: 78.73

25. Milan, Italy


Score: 79.30

24. Paris, France

Viacheslav Lopatin/ShutterstockParis.

Score: 79.71

23. Washington, DC

Alex Wong/GettyWashington, DC.

Score: 80.37

22. Taipei, Taiwan

Score: 80.70

21. New York City, New York

TTstudio/ShutterstockNew York City.

Score: 81.01

20. London, UK

Jose Luis Vega/ShutterstockLondon.

Score: 82.10

19. Chicago, Illinois

Score: 82.21

18. Los Angeles, California

PixabayLos Angeles.

Score: 82.26

17. Brussels, Belgium

Score: 83.01

16. Wellington, New Zealand

Milosz Maslanka/ShutterstockWellington.

Score: 83.18

15. San Francisco, California

canadastock/ShutterstockSan Francisco.

Score: 83.55

14. Seoul, South Korea

Score: 83.61

13. Barcelona, Spain

Score: 83.71

12. Madrid, Spain

Score: 83.88

11. Frankfurt, Germany


Score: 84.86

10. Zurich, Switzerland

Score: 85.20

9. Hong Kong, China

Score: 86.22

8. Stockholm, Sweden

Score: 86.72

7. Sydney, Australia

Score: 86.74

6. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Score: 87.26

5. Melbourne, Australia

Score: 87.30

4. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Score: 87.36

3. Osaka, Japan

Score: 88.87

2. Singapore

Unsplash/Annie SprattSingapore.

Score: 89.64

1. Tokyo, Japan

SeanPavonePhoto / iStockAkihabara in Tokyo.

Score: 89.80

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