​5 Safest Cities In World: Surprising Study Puts Tokyo On 2015 Safest Cities List

Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Mar. 9, 2015

The 5 safest cities in the world has been revealed. This is important safety information for world travelers, especially those who visit multiple cities. This top five list will probably surprise you.

The Economist Intelligence Unit looked at 50 cities, selected for factors including their size and availability of data. The cities were ranked on more than 40 metrics that spanned four main categories: digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety.

Wealthy Asian cities, like Tokyo and Singapore. The other top spots went to cities in Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S., according to The Inquistr.

And it doesn’t hurt that while they’re safe, these cities are also pretty incredible to visit. The Economist’s 5 safest cities in the world are:

  • 1. Tokyo, Japan
  • 2. Singapore
  • 3. Osaka, Japan
  • 4. Stockholm, Sweden
  • 5. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

For the record, the safest city in America that the index considered was New York, which came in 10th place. San Francisco followed in 12th place, Chicago ranked 16th, Los Angeles was 17th, and Washington, D.C. was 19th. (No other U.S. cities were included in the rankings.)

Oh and if you’re curious, the 5 safest cities in the world that came in at the bottom of the list were:

  • 46. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 47. Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 48. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
  • 49. Tehran, Iran
  • 50. Jakarta, Indonesia

These safest cities ranked low in all four of the report’s categories of safety: Ho Chi Minh City, for example, finished last in “infrastructure safety” (the quality of roads, number of disaster-related deaths, etc.), and Tehran was second to last in “health security” (the cities’ number of hospital beds and average life expectancies).

The 5 safest cities in the world report notes that wealth and economic development is closely linked to city safety but certainly does not guarantee it, notes E Canada Now. Researchers also wrote that, “Being statistically safe is not the same as feeling safe.”

While there are many factors that make these cities “safe” or “unsafe,” it never hurts to consider the facts before a trip — and we certainly plan to do so.

The data shows us that Tokyo is the world’s safest city when it comes to digital security, health, infrastructure and personal safety for 2015, despite it being the most densely populated on Earth with 38 million residents.

Coming in behind Tokyo in second and third place were fellow south-east Asian cities, Singapore and Osaka.

The 5 safest cities in the world report also looked at the infrastructure section. These are factors like the quality of roads and the number of people who die from natural disasters. While personal safety was a category, the cities report also studied more traditional safety measures like crime, the level of police engagement, and the number of violent crimes.

Making up the top five of the safest cities were Stockholm, Amsterdam and San Francisco. Coming in last on the list of the top 50 cities was the Indonesian capital Jakarta, which is home to more than 10 million people. Digital security measured the quality of a city’s cyber security, the frequency of identity theft, and other factors related to digital security.

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