The 30 safest cities in the world

Dallas, Texas, is one of the safest cities in the world.

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Dallas, Texas, is one of the safest cities in the world.
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  • The Economist released its 2017 Safe Cities Index.
  • It ranks 60 of the world’s major cities based on digital, health, infrastructure, and personal security.
  • Tokyo, Japan, is the safest city with a score of 89.80 out of 100 (the average is 72).

Bustling cities like Tokyo, London, or New York City aren’t small towns where people leave their doors unlocked or their computers unattended at coffee shops.

But these cities are safer than you might think.

The Economist released its annual Safe Cities Index ranking 60 major cities worldwide according to 49 indicators that were then averaged into four security categories: digital, health, infrastructure, and personal. The scores are out of 100, with the average sitting at 72.

Asian and European cities dominated the top of the list: in the top 10, four are East Asian cities (Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka and Hong Kong), and three are European (Amsterdam, Stockholm and Zurich).

Here are the top 30 safest cities in the world.


30. Doha, Qatar

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Doha.
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Fitria Ramli / Shutterstock

Score: 73.59


29. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires.
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Milosz Maslanka/Shutterstock

Score: 76.35


28. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Abu Dhabi.
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Pixabay

Score: 76.91


27. Rome, Italy

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Rome.
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Tupungato/Shutterstock

Score: 78.67


26. Dallas, Texas

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Dallas.
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Philip Lange/Shutterstock

Score: 78.73


25. Milan, Italy

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Milan.
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ventdusud/Shutterstock

Score: 79.30


24. Paris, France

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Paris.
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Viacheslav Lopatin/Shutterstock

Score: 79.71


23. Washington, DC

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Washington, DC.
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Alex Wong/Getty

Score: 80.37


22. Taipei, Taiwan

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Taipei.
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Reuters/Nicky Loh

Score: 80.70


21. New York City, New York

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New York City.
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TTstudio/Shutterstock

Score: 81.01


20. London, UK

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London.
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Jose Luis Vega/Shutterstock

Score: 82.10


19. Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago.
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Roman Arkhipov/Unsplash

Score: 82.21


18. Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles.
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Pixabay

Score: 82.26


17. Brussels, Belgium

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Brussels.
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Lindrik / iStock

Score: 83.01


16. Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington.
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Milosz Maslanka/Shutterstock

Score: 83.18


15. San Francisco, California

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San Francisco.
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canadastock/Shutterstock

Score: 83.55


14. Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul.
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Ossiridian / iStock

Score: 83.61


13. Barcelona, Spain

Score: 83.71


12. Madrid, Spain

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Madrid.
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Belyay / Shutterstock

Score: 83.88


11. Frankfurt, Germany

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Frankfurt.
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Pigprox/Shutterstock

Score: 84.86


10. Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich.
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trabantos / Shutterstock

Score: 85.20


9. Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong.
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iStock/danielvfung

Score: 86.22


8. Stockholm, Sweden

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Stockholm.
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Scanrail1 / Shutterstock

Score: 86.72


7. Sydney, Australia

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Sydney.
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SunflowerEY/iStock

Score: 86.74


6. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Amsterdam.
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ptnphoto/Shutterstock

Score: 87.26


5. Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne.
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TkKurikawa/iStock

Score: 87.30


4. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Toronto.
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Luke Abrahams / iStock

Score: 87.36


3. Osaka, Japan

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Osaka.
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Sean Pavone/iStock

Score: 88.87


2. Singapore

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Singapore.
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Unsplash/Annie Spratt

Score: 89.64


1. Tokyo, Japan

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Akihabara in Tokyo.
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SeanPavonePhoto / iStock

Score: 89.80

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