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By    |   Wednesday, 10 July 2019 09:58 AM

More and more people are choosing city life. Over half the world's population lives in metropolitan areas, and that number is expected to rise dramatically over the next few years. As population sizes within cities grow, so do concerns over safety.

But safety means more than insulation from crime. There are several other factors that influence how safe a city is, and 24/7 Wall St compiled a list of the safest cities in the world. The rankings were based upon recent data presented in the Safe Cities Index 2017. In addition to average crime rates, the report took into account other threats to urban safety. Factoring into the equation is health security, which is determined by access to healthcare; public and pedestrian transport and traffic casualties; and cybercrime, which rises as cities adopt smart technologies.

Here are the 10 safest cities in the world:

10. Zurich, Switzerland. Population: 1.4 million
When it comes to safety, Zurich scored top marks. The city has some of the least motor vehicle fatalities in Europe, largely due to the fact that 44% of trips are made either on foot or by bike.

9. Hong Kong. Population: 7.4 million
Income and crime tend to be related. As the richest city in the world, Hong Kong has seen a dramatic decline in its crime rate over the last 12 years.

8. Stockholm, Sweden. Population: 1.6 million
Stockholm is hailed as one of the most walkable cities in the word due to its low motor vehicle fatality rate.

7. Sydney, Australia. Population: 4.8 million
What makes Sydney one of the safest cities in the world is its health security. The city's average life expectancy, which is 83.8 years, exceeds the global average by 11 years.

6. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Population: 1.1 million
There are several factors that make Amsterdam one of the most livable cities in the world but when it comes to safety, its digital security is at the top of the list. Earlier this year, the Port of Amsterdam unveiled a network that was specifically created to detect cyberattacks across the North Sea Canal area.

5. Melbourne, Australia. Population: 4.8 million
Like Sydney, Melbourne also ranks high in health security and features an above-average life expectancy.

4. Toronto, Canada. Population: 6.1 million
Toronto is ahead of the curve with its digital security. First, the city launched a task force that specifically handles the policing of cybercrime. Then it expanded the initiative into an entire Computer Cyber Crime Section of the police department.

3. Osaka, Japan. Population: 19.3 million
In addition to influencing crime rates, wealth in a city also dramatically impacts the health of communities. Healthier populations tend to live in wealthier cities, as is the case for Osaka. As the 10th richest city in the world, Osaka is regarded as one of the best cities in the world in terms of health and personal security.

2. Singapore. Population: 5.8 million
Innovation is at the heart of Singapore when it comes to personal security and infrastructure. As the second safest city in the world, Singapore monitors crime via a network comprising thousands of police cameras, which have helped solve over 2,000 cases and significantly helped deter crime rates.

1. Tokyo, Japan. Population: 37.5 million
This is not the first time Tokyo has ranked as the safest city in the world and this is due to its low crime rates, which may partially be influenced by Japanese culture that is based upon core values of honesty and empathy. This was evident in 2018, when $33.7 million reported missing was returned by citizens.

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A new list of the safest cities in the world is out, and it took into consideration factors such as healthcare and crime rates.
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