Tokyo is the safest city in the world, according to the Safe Cities Index 2019, recently published by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Tokyo is followed by Singapore and Osaka in the rankings, while Amsterdam and Toronto claim the top places among European and North American cities respectively.

The 10 Safest Cities

The safest cities in the world include certain megacities as well as some medium-sized cities spread across the developed world. Their high levels of security naturally makes them some of the most livable cities in the world as well. The 10 safest cities are ranked as follows.

1) Tokyo

The Japanese capital has emerged as the world’s safest city, with a score of 92.0 out of a possible 100. This megacity on the island of Honshu in East Asia is famous for its splendid restaurants and for being a highly popular shopping destination. A fine blend of the ultra-modern and the traditional, Tokyo is one of the most populated cities in the world. The city also has the top spot in the digital security index.

2) Singapore

The prosperous city-state in Southeast Asia is a major financial hub and one of the most expensive cities in the world. Though densely populated and famous for its skyscrapers, the city is extremely environment-friendly, with nearly half its land area under green cover. Located on 63 islands, and being among the 20 smallest independent nations in the world, Singapore is ranked as the top city for both personal and infrastructure security.

Singapore is the second safest city in the world
Singapore is the second safest city in the world

3) Osaka

Osaka is the former capital of Japan and its third largest city by population. Home to the famous Osaka Castle and the world’s second largest aquarium, the city has a rich history and culture. Although somewhat lagging behind in terms of infrastructure, Osaka is ranked the best city in the world in terms of health security.

4) Amsterdam

The Dutch capital, with a population of less than a million, is the world’s safest city outside of Asia. The city in Northwestern Europe is famous for its historic canals, museums, and entertainment. In recent times, Amsterdam has also become a technological hub, with world renowned brands, such as Tesla, Uber, and Netflix, establishing their European headquarters here.   

5) Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s largest city and its major economic hub. The capital of New South Wales is known for its coastal beauty, and landmarks such as the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney is a very multicultural city, with over 30 percent of its population born overseas.

6) Toronto

One of the largest cities in North America, Toronto is the capital of Canada’s Ontario province. The city is another major cosmopolitan on the list, with 40 percent of its residents not being native Canadians. The CN Tower in Toronto was the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years.

Toronto is the safest city in North America
Toronto is the safest city in North America

7) Washington, DC

Located on the east coast of North America, Washington, DC is home to the famous White House, the official residence of US presidents. The American capital is one of the most visited cities in the world and named after the first US President, George Washington.

8) Copenhagen

Copenhagen, one of the oldest cities in Europe, has been the capital of Denmark since the early 15th century. The city is known for its architecture and entertainment, with its cycling culture and environment-friendly nature adding to its Scandinavian appeal.  

Copenhagen is the only Scandinavian city among the world's 10 safest cities
Copenhagen is the only Scandinavian city among the world’s 10 safest ones

8) Seoul

Tied with Copenhagen in the 8th place, the South Korean capital has jumped several places from the last few years to be among the ten safest cities in the world. Seoul, with a population of over 10 million, hosts one of the world’s largest metropolitan economies. The high-tech city has headquarters of companies like Samsung, LG, Kia, and Hyundai.

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10) Melbourne

Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, is located on Australia’s southeastern coast. Considered the country’s sporting capital and known for its diverse culture, Melbourne also has the highest number of restaurants and cafes per capita in the world.

Ranking Methodology

The Safe Cities index ranks 60 among the largest cities in the world based on 57 indicators that cover four dimensions of security: personal, health, infrastructure, and digital. Personal security measures, among other factors, the prevalence of crime, frequency of terrorist attacks, and the threat of civil unrest. Health security measures the air and water quality, mortality rates, and access to safe food and health services.

Infrastructure security scrutinizes the quality of transport facilities and networks, disaster management, and the percentage of residents living in slums. Digital security considers the risk and awareness of digital threats such as malware, the number of computers affected, and the percentage of population with internet access.

You can download the Safe Cities Index 2019 to learn more.