The world is becoming more urbanized. Already, 55% the population lives in cities, and the UN projects the share will rise to 68% by 2050. As the global population continues to concentrate in metropolitan areas, and as the world’s most densely populated cities continue to grow, many cities are confronted with increasing security challenges.
Growing urban areas often face problems related to the spread of slums; access to health care, water, and power; cybersecurity; and domestic and foreign terror attacks. While wealth is one factor contributing to lower crime as wealthier cities have more money to invest in digital and physical security infrastructure, other factors, such as leadership and culture, can impact the safety of a metropolitan area.
To determine the safest cities in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the Safe Cities Index 2017, a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit of media company The Economist Group. The report ranks 60 world cities across 49 indicators.
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