Taipei has retained its spot as 22nd in the latest edition of Safe Cities Index (SCI), published by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The index ranks 60 cities across the world, with indicators covering four major pillars: digital, health, infrastructure and personal security. Amongst the four pillars, Taipei had the best result in health security, where the city was ranked one of the top 10.
Following the results of 2015 and 2017 editions, Tokyo (1st), Singapore (2nd), and Osaka (3rd) continue to dominate the three top spots in the 2019 edition. Taipei was ranked 13th in 2015 and 22nd in 2017.
Hong Kong, however, has dropped out of the top ten list and placed as the 20th this year. Although this change is unlikely the result of the recent anti-government movement, as data collection for SCI2019 took place between February and April, before protests escalated.
Cities from the Asia-Pacific region make up six of this year’s top ten safest cities according to the EIU, which includes Sydney (5th), Seoul (tied 8th) and Melbourne (10th). However, the report does stress that “geographic region does not have a statistical link with results.”
The indicators of 2019 edition were adjusted to better reflect the concept of ‘urban resilience,’ which is “the ability of cities to absorb and bounce back from shocks.”