Research Methodology

The Safe Cities Index 2015 measures the relative level of safety of a diverse mix of the world’s leading cities (see list below) using four main categories of safety: digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety. Every city in the Index is scored across these four categories.

Each category comprises between three and eight sub-indicators, which are divided between security inputs, such as policy measures and level of spending, and outputs, such as the frequency of vehicular accidents. A full explanation of the methodology is contained in Appendix 4 of the white paper.

The Index focuses on 50 cities selected by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), based on factors such as regional representation and availability of data. Therefore, it should not be considered a comprehensive list of the world’s safest cities (ie, a city coming number 50 in the list does not make it the most perilous place to live in the world).

The 50 cities covered in the Index are (listed by region):

Americas: Buenos Aires, Chicago, Los Angeles, Lima, Mexico City, Montreal, New York, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Washington, D.C.

Europe, Middle East & Africa: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Doha, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kuwait City, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, Stockholm, Tehran, Zurich.

Asia-Pacific: Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Melbourne, Mumbai, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tianjin, Tokyo. 

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