The Economist Intelligence Unit released its annual list of the world’s safest cities through the Safe City Index. Included in the top ten are four Asian cities, namely Tokyo, which retained the top spot, followed by Singapore and Osaka at second and third respectively, and Hong Kong, which sits at number 9. Rounding out the top ten are:
According to The Economist, the report is “based on the second iteration of the index, which ranks 60 cities across 49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security, and personal security.” One of the key findings of the report is that security is at risk in many cities, with the exception of Madrid (up by 13 points) and Seoul (up by 6). Also found in the report, income is not the only factor governing city performance on security, as most of the cities ranked higher are high-income or upper-middle-income cities, while high-income Middle Eastern cities such as Jeddah and Riyadh fall below in the index.
The study contradicts the norm that the bigger the city, the safer it is, as some of the safest cities in the world are urban hubs with low crime rates and high security.