Toronto is considered the safest North American metropolis, followed by New York.
The old saying “there is safety in numbers’’ does not necessarily apply when referencing the world’s biggest cities.
While big cities are rife with security issues, there are major metropolitan areas that are safer than others, and The Economist and NEC have issued their 2015 Safe Cities Index so you can know which major cities in the world are the safest.
The index focuses on just 50 major cities, which were selected to properly represent regions of the world. In some cases, the availability of data determined which cities would be studied. The list is not considered comprehensive since every major city in the world is not included.
However, The Economist Intelligence Unit looked at the 50 cities based on more than 40 quantitative and qualitative indicators, split across four categories of safety: digital security, health security, safety infrastructure and personal safety.
The data was enhanced with non-statistical research as well as in-depth interview with experts in the four fields of study.
And the big winner is the biggest city of them all, based on population. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, receive high marks for digital security, which put it over the top ahead of No. 2 finisher Singapore. Osaka, another high income Asian city, finished third on the list.
The Economist noted that wealthier metropolises scored higher in security and safety than low income cities, noting that Asian cities like Jakarta (the last place city) and Ho Chi Minh (48th on the list) were at the bottom.
While New York was the only U.S. city among five studied that finished in the top 10 overall at No. 10, the United States cities all scored highly in digital security. European cities scored poorly in that category overall.
However, cities that do well in digital security sometimes scored poorly in more physical forms of safety. For instance, Los Angeles finished sixth overall in digital security but 23rd for personal safety, while San Francisco was eighth in digital security but 21st in personal safety.
In terms of overall safety, the top European city was Stockholm at No. 4. Toronto was the top North American city at No. 8 and Abu Dhabi was the top Middle Eastern or African city on the list at No. 25.
Of the five American cities studied, Washington D.C. came in the lowest overall at No. 19.
For more information on the Safe Cities report, go to www.safecities.economist.com.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.