5 Safest Cities In World: New Safe Cities Index List Names Tokyo Safest City In The World

February 2, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

5 safest cities in the world have been revealed by the Economist Intelligence Unit. A large group of experts looked at 50 cities and took into account four elements – digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety, to proclaim that Tokyo won the top spot on the Safe Cities Index 2015, while Jakarta ranked at the bottom of the list.

5 safest cities in world

The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by NEC, has released the Safe Cities Index 2015, better known as the 5 safest cities in the world list, after zooming in on 50 cities. In their lengthy report, the team of experts, which include Sarah Murray, James Chambers, Amie Nagano and Takato Mori, revealed that they used the following elements to compose the annual safest cities list, digital security like cyber security, the frequency of identity theft, health, infrastructure and personal safety. The group wrote:

“The report is based on an index composed of more than 40 quantitative and qualitative indicators. These indicators are split across four thematic categories: digital security; health security; infrastructure safety; and personal safety. Every city in the Index is scored across these four categories.”

They also conducted extensive interviews with international figures like Yoichi Masuzoe, governor of Tokyo, and Patrick Otellini, chief resilience officer of the City and County of San Francisco. They also worked with Brian Quinn, adviser at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) at the UK Design Council and Mr Andrew Smyth, professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics at Columbia University.

All the data collected lead the team to name Tokyo, the capital of Japan, as the safest city in the world. In 2014, the honor went to Melbourne. The Japanese city took the title despite it being the most densely populated on earth with 38 million people.

Coming in at number two is another Asian city, Singapore. Another Japanese city, Osaka, took number three. Despite being famous for drugs and prostitution, Amsterdam managed to be in the top 5.

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

According to the new study, Toronto made it in the top ten along with the Big Apple. Here are the other cities on the list:

6. Sydney, Australia
7. Zurich, Switzerland
8. Toronto, Canada
9. Melbourne, Australia
10. New York, USA

20 Safest Cities In World

Coming in last on the list of the safest 50 cities in the world is the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, which is home to more than 10 million people. Mexico’s Mexico City, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, Johanneburg, Ho Chi Minh City and the Iranian capital Tehran, are considered unsafe cities due to the high level of crime, illnesses and natural disasters.

The list of 5 Safest Cities In World picks its winners and losers, what do you think of the results?

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  1. Paul says:

    NYC? Really? You need to remove “Intelligence” from your name….

  2. e says:

    Tokyo? Really? Kyoto would be a better choice.

  3. Danielle says:

    I would have made more statistics available. Population size and actual % listed for these types of crime are key statistics. A larger sample size of cities would also be warranted. I’m sure there are cities in the US that would rank higher than NYC if they met the city size requirements.

  4. Gigi Vanderbilt says:

    How about Beverly Hills? I always feel very safe when shopping on Rodeo.

  5. JAY says:

    A bias survey! Two team members are from Japan and interviewed the governor of Japan!!!. Of course, Tokyo will come out first. Apparently, they have not been to Taipei, Taiwan to feel much safer.

  6. Jeff Benson says:

    Ha! I’ve been to most of those and Salt Lake City easily outdoes them all. Who comes up with this shyt?

  7. Steve Juszczak says:

    what do you mean NY is safe ! exactly how many muggers were interviewed for this study


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