The cities were ranked according to four different categories with more than 40 different metrics, which included aspects such as digital and health security, as well as infrastructure and personal safety. 50 cities were examined and each was marked out of a possible score of 100, with the selected cities chosen based on regional representation and the availability of the data.
A great result for Australian cities
Asian cities Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka topped the board, while Australia and Europe both had two cities from each included in the list. New York was the only US city to be mentioned in the top 10. Sydney ranked at number six, missing out on fifth position by just half a point, and was followed closely by Melbourne in eighth position. Both are destinations that can be visited by those on luxury escorted tours of Australia.
However, while Sydney managed to beat Melbourne overall, the Victorian capital did manage to do better in a selection of the individual indexes, including infrastructure and personal safety. Infrastructure was measured by factors such as the quality of roads and the number of deaths caused by natural disasters, with personal safety looking at crime statistics and the level of police engagement.
Melbourne was reported to have the highest life expectancy of any of the cities in the world at 86 years and the report notes ‘‘Living in a safe and healthy urban environment can make a real and measurable difference to city inhabitants’.
The lowest scoring cities were Tehran in Iran and Jakarta in Indonesia, with the report stating that a wealth of a country is often closely related to city safety.
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