Underneath the income, living costs & quality of life preferences you can toggle in Teleport Cities, there are 180 different data dimensions from 58+ different sources. In this post we dig deeper into finding the best place to live for the safety conscious.
Teleport has reached an exciting stage. Instead of building for solely our own vision, we’re now getting pulled to many different valuable directions by our growing user base and their real needs and interests.
Looking at our statistics, in most countries our users’ top preference is high levels of safety. We measure and visualize safety in 156 most creative cities around the world, as a mixed basket of various crime and safety indicators (like homicide rates and related measures from the UN). The index is normalized to 0..1 range, with 1 being the safest city in our set.
Besides looking at safety scores on their own, Teleport Cities allows our users to compare that data to any other data layer we have available. As an illustration, if you want to find the safest city with reasonably active startup scene the bubble chart below can put things into context (size of the bubble is relative population size):
There are a few interesting findings that pop up immediately, like the fact that the cities with an above average startup scene can have very different levels of safety, with some top American hubs ranking around safety middle, and some large Asian centers with still top quartile startup activity topping the world. So, if you’re looking for a great place to start up that is also nice and safe – it’s very doable, but might not be the most obvious city you had in mind.
To look behind the bubbles, here are the knowledge work cities around the world ranked by safety, globally and then by continent:
Global Top Cities for Safety
These are the top 10 Teleport cities with the highest safety score:
Safety wise, Europe and Asia seem to be in the lead on a global scale. This trend continues past the top 10 as well – there are 23 cities that have a safety score above 0.8, or in our top 20%. Out of those 23 cities, 20 are located in either Europe or Asia (the remaining 3 being Ottawa, Santiago and Boulder).
We’ve got a pretty cool internal data visualization tool brewing, so let’s look at some maps visualizing safety levels around the world (the bigger and greener the bubbles on cities are, the more safe they are).
The top 5 Teleport cities with the highest safety score in Europe:
Interestingly enough, German-speaking cities seem to be completely dominating the top 5 in Europe. Wunderbar!
The top 5 Teleport cities with the highest safety score in North America:
Asia and Oceania
Teleport safety scores for cities in Asia and Oceania
The top 5 Teleport cities with the highest safety score in Asia:
It seems that like Europe, Asia has a consistently high safety score, with the exception of Ho Chi Minh City, that has a score of roughly 0.3 (however, according to our data, it has great housing prices and a reasonable cost of living!)
The top 5 Teleport cities with the highest safety score in Oceania:
There’s not much of a safety score difference between our Australiand and New Zealandese cities – they all range between a score of 0.7 and 0.8.
South America and Africa
Teleport safety scores for cities in South America and Africa
Since we don’t cover that many cities in South America and Africa (feel free to help us add them by voting for your favourite cities!), let’s put them together in one map and list.
The top 3 Teleport cities with the highest safety score in Latin America and Africa:
Most cities in South America and Africa score relatively low on the safety side. For example – according to our data, it’s 10 times more likely to become a victim of a crime in Johannesburg (the city with the lowest safety score) than in Munich (the city with the highest safety score). This also means that most cities in Latin America and Africa unfortunately don’t make it to the top of the list.
However, Santiago is a clear outlier with safety levels close to most cities in Europe and Asia, and Buenos Aires and Lima are not too far behind.
In conclusion – in most cases, your best city matches depend on more than one layer. However, if high safety levels is one of the most important factors for you, you might want to look to Asia and Europe. If you’re curious, click here to run your own free and personalized search for the best place to live.