Published: 31 Oct, 2016
1. Tokyo, Japan
The number one safest city in the world is also the most densely populated. Tokyo, the capital of Japan performs strongest in digital security.
2. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is number one for livability and number 2 for infrastructure safety.
3. New York City
New York City is packed with people but it is the only US city to make the top 10 list for all categories. New York has gotten safer over time; back in 1990 there were 2,245 homicides, or 6 murders every single day. Since then the population has greatly increased and murders have dramatically declined to 335 in 2013, marking a historic low. New York ranks third for digital security, as do Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
4. Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich is ranked number one for both infrastructure security and health security.
5. Toronto, Canada
Toronto is not only one of the safest places to live. According to the Economist, Toronto is one of the best places to live in the entire world.
6. Sydney, Australia
This Australian city of 4.5 million people ranks in the top 10 for both infrastructure security and personal safety. However, Sydney lags behind in digital security and health security, in which it ranks 14th and 17th, respectively.
Australia has some of the highest incidences of cybercrime in the world: Australians have become prime targets for internet fraud and identity thieves, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Overall, European cities do well in regards to safety, largely thanks to their universal health care systems, although some cities struggle to make it to the top of the list due to large population sizes. Around 780,000 people live in Amsterdam, making it one of the smallest cities to make the top 10.
8. Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm is the only city outside of Asia to rank in the top 5 category for personal safety.
9. Osaka, Japan
Osaka beat out Tokyo in personal safety, although its infrastructure safety ranks very low compared to others that made the top 10 safest cities.
10. Singapore, Asia