Wherever you want to travel to in the world, we know you always have one main thing at the back of your mind – safety and security. With issues such as terrorism and climate change increasingly on people’s minds, we are all looking to be in that city where we won’t have to walk with our eyes behind our backs or with the fear of totally sleeping in the middle of night.
Terrorism has even made people develop the fear of going to public places because nobody knows when and where the next tragedy will occur. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Safe Cities Index (SCI) has ranked some cities across the world in terms of their digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety. While analyzing a city’s resilience, the Safe Cities Index looked at the emergency services available in the city, transport facilities, catastrophe insurance, disaster-risk development and cyber-security preparedness.
Listed below are the top 20 safest cities in the world for 2019.
20. Hong Kong
The city of Hong Kong, home to 7.4 million people, has been in the spotlight for being a safe place for travelers, tourists, and expats. When one is in the city, asides being cautious, one doesn’t have to necessarily worry about crime because the safety standards are very high.
As a whole, Swiss cities are generally very safe to visit. Zurich sees very little tourist crime; however, pick pocketing is common on public transportation and at airports.
Overall, the city has a very low crime rate because Switzerland also has a reputation for being of the safest countries in Europe.
Wellington is the capital and second most populous urban area of New Zealand with over 450,000 residents. New Zealand is considered to be one of the safest countries in the world and its capital is also the 18th safest city in the world. Tourists do not have to worry about street crime when traveling to this area although; theft from tourists is a relatively common occurrence. Most theft happens from break-ins of parked vehicles.
17. Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the most populous city in California, and the second most populous city in the United States. The city hosts over 35 million tourists on a yearly basis and it is mostly known for being a clean and safe holiday destination. It is an overall safe city but with some dangerous neighborhoods.
Frankfurt is very much worth anybody’s time to visit because there are about 20 museums one could visit. It is one of the German cities that posses the lowest rate of crime. Although majority of the city is safe, criminals typically take advantage of tourists in certain part of the city.
15. New York
New York City is the most populous city in the United States with a population of over 8.5 million. New York City is the safest large metropolis of the US, with a crime rate per inhabitant even lower than the national average. However, given its status as the most visited country in the US, petty theft is common. The city also has some rough neighborhoods which are not advised for visitors.
With a population of over 8.7 million, London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. London is considered a very safe place to visit or live in. Even though there are parts of the city that are dangerous and should be avoided, most part are still completely safe to travel to.
13. San Francisco
San Francisco is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. It is the 13th most populous city in the United States, and the fourth most populous city in California with a population of over 880,000. California is a safe city, and overall, most San Francisco neighborhoods are not dangerous.
This city is the 12th safest country in the world for a reason. It is a city with a tremendously low crime rate and one where both residents and tourists feel safe though there is still a risk of being a victim of petty crime. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden with a population of up to 1 million inhabitants.
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, some of which are very safe and some of which are not. The danger levels vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Despite its international reputation as a crime capital, Chicago is a generally safe city. Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States with a population of over an estimated 2.7 million.
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria; it is also the second most populous city in Australia, only behind Sydney. Melbourne is generally a safe place for tourists and residents. In Melbourne, safety is on high level and people can enjoy themselves in this reasonably safe city. However, Melbourne, as any other big and populous city isn’t fully free of crime so one still has to be careful.
Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. The population of Seoul is over 10 million making it one of the largest metropolises in Asia. Seoul is a very safe city to visit. Its crime rates are very low; this means it is perfectly safe for tourists or anyone else to walk around at any time of the day. Violent crimes are also rare.
Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. The city has a population of over 750,000. Copenhagen is generally a safe place to visit but just like any other city, one has to take some certain precautions and be very careful when roaming on the streets because of pickpockets.
7. Washington DC
Washington, DC (District of Columbia) is the capital of United States and it was named after George Washington, the first president of United States and a Founding Father. The city currently has an estimated population of 711,571.
Although Washington is safe because the crime is considerably low compared to other large cities in the states, one still has to cautious, especially at night.
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2.8 million. It is also the 4th most populous city in North America.
Toronto is the safest city in North America which is what it’s mostly known for in the region. The downtown areas are generally safe at night, even for women alone. The overall crime rate in this city is very low.
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia with a population of over 5 million people. The metropolitan area has about 650 suburbs.
The overall crime rate in Sydney is moderately low and while the city is not necessarily known for its crime rate, the still has the highest crime rate in all of New South Wales. Maybe that’s to show that Australia is a safe country after all.
Amsterdam is the weirdest city I’ve ever known. The city is the capital and most populous city of The Netherlands with a population of over 800,000. Amsterdam is not a dangerous country at all which is why it’s 4th on this list of the world’s safest cities. There is not a lot of crime in Amsterdam as marijuana and prostitution are both legalized in the country.
Osaka is one of the major Japanese cities and it is very safe, even ranking as the third safest city in the world. In Osaka, the overall crime risk is very low. There is a very low chance of getting mugged or kidnapped so that means you can walk at any time of the day though some areas are best to be avoided at night.
The current population of Singapore (Singapore also has Singapore as its capital) is estimated at 5.8 million based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nation data. Generally, Singapore is a very safe city. It is definitely one of the safest countries in Asia to travel to but it is very wise that when you travel to this city, your valuables are well kept, since the most common type of crime is petty theft.
Tokyo has served as the Japanese capital since 1869 and as of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world. The metropolis (a very large city), according to information by World Atlas has a population of approximately 13.7 million, making it one of the most populous cities in the world.
It is a well-established fact that Japan has one of the lowest overall crime rates in the world. When it comes to violent crimes, Tokyo is unarguably the safest of all the large metropolitan cities so it is generally a safe place for visitors to go.
The beautiful cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates also made it to no. 28 and 27 respectively on the 2019 safest cities list.