The 50 Safest Cities in the World Gallery

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One of the biggest concerns for potential vacationers is whether or not the place they've chosen to visit will be safe. This concern has only grown in recent years, and it's a good one to have. Travel safety is important.

Depending on where you travel, you might have to consider any number of security concerns as a traveler. Even something as minor as having your pocket picked could ruin an entire vacation, and some attractive destinations carry with them much more serious risks.

That's why we've put together a list of cities where you can focus on the culture, history, fun, and of course, food. Using data from Numbeo, we ranked them based on how they scored from a scale of 1 to 100, 100 being the safest. Some cities you may expect to see, but others may surprise you. Seven of the safest 50 cities are located within the Middle East, with four of them landing in the top 10. Romania, in particular, seems to be a safe bet for when you're looking to travel, with four cities on this list. Canada, Switzerland, and the United States are right behind it with three cities apiece. So if you're looking for a nice, stress-free vacation, here are the safest 50 cities in the world for you to be.


#50 Stuttgart, Germany

Car geeks will love Stuttgart, where both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have their headquarters and respective car museums. A big city with a small town feel, Stuttgart has a safety index of 72.98, having fallen 22 places on the index from last year. The city also has plenty of art and history museums for those who are less enthused by the auto industry, as well as a zoo and planetarium. Stuttgart lies very near the Black Forest region, known for being a culinary center in Germany.


#49 Waterloo, Canada

Not to be confused with the famous Belgian battlefield of the same name - although it is named after the battle itself - Waterloo fell 13 places from last year and has a safety index of 73.14. Go in the summer or fall, as that's when the city tends to hold all sorts of events and festivals.

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#48 Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina's capital is one of the safest cities in the country as well as the safest in the state. Home to North Carolina State University and many other colleges, as well as plenty of historic sites and a great bar and restaurant scene that features some of the best Mexican food in the country, Raleigh is a rising Southern city that's worth a visit.


#47 Prague, Czech Republic

Full of gorgeous medieval architecture and a fascinating history, Prague is a great city for solo travelers, particularly because of how safe it is. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city center, as well as some of Central Europe's top museums.


#46 Muscat, Oman

The capital of Oman as well as its largest city, Muscat lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and has a landscape characterized by impressive mountains. Home to a number of beautiful mosques and museums, Muscat also has an impressive opera house and some beautiful resorts.


#45 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

You'll find Luxembourg squeezed right in between Belgium, Germany, and France. Ranked as one of the cleanest cities in the world, its capital - also called Luxembourg - is full of beautiful architecture and landscapes.


#44 Brno, Czech Republic

The second Czech city to make the list, Brno is also the second largest city in the Czech Republic. Part of the historical Moravian region, it's home to sites full of Moravian culture and history as well as gorgeous scenery.


#43 Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is a highly underrated American city that should be on your bucket list, and it has a safety index of 74.23. A much more hip city than many people realize, it's home to a young and active population as well as many cultural events and access to five different lakes.


#42 Salt Lake City, Utah

Home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City rose seven places from last year with a score of 74.37 on the safety index. It's perfect for skiing and enjoying the surrounding mountains as you take in some of the best food and drink in Utah.


#41 Iasi, Romania

Iasi has a 74.37 on the safety index, placing it five spots higher than last year. A city full of Romanian culture, art, and history, it's also basically a college town, which might contribute to the safety factor.


#40 Eindhoven, Netherlands

It isn't Amsterdam, but Eindhoven is a very safe spot in the Netherlands, although it did fall six spots with a safety index of 74.72, and there's plenty to do in the city. In addition to the usual museums, churches, and city landmarks, it has a lively nightlife as well.


#39 Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia has seen a tourism boom in the past few years, and the capital of Zagreb is definitely a must-stop. Not only is it pretty safe, but it's also a fantastic place for foodies as well as beautiful cultural, historic, and religious sites.


#38 Ghent, Belgium

The second largest city in Belgium, Ghent is a Flemish city with a rich history present in its well-preserved medieval architecture. A highly underrated European destination, it also has plenty to do for those looking for a great food or nightlife scene in a safe city - its safety index is 75.02.


#37 Minsk, Belarus

Falling just two spots from last year, Minsk is another city with a strong World War II history. Interestingly, it also used to be the location of the KGB headquarters back in the days of the Soviet Union - as well as home to Lee Harvey Oswald, who lived there for a few years before returning back to the U.S. with a son and Belarussian wife. However, all of these things are a mere memory today, and the city is quite a safe place to explore architecture, museums, and theater.


#36 Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa is a bilingual city, so it's a great place to brush up on your French. Canada's capital is right along the Ottawa River, and has a safety index of 75.27. Make sure you check out the beautiful Gothic architecture of Parliament Hill before you leave.


#35 Mangalore, India

Officially known as Mangaluru, Mangalore is the only city in India to make this list. The safety index of 75.62 should put your mind at ease as you explore the city's heritage, which includes rule by the Portuguese and the Kingdom of Mysore.

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#34 Yerevan, Armenia

Armenia's capital, Yerevan, has a history dating back to the 8th century B.C., but much of its development has occurred in the past couple of decades, resulting in many shopping centers and restaurants featuring delicious Armenian cuisine. You can still, however, find that history and amazing architecture in the city's many museums, monuments, and churches.


#33 Tampere, Finland

Falling 15 spots from last year, Finns largely consider Tampere to be the most beautiful city in Finland, one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Its strong industrial history is chronicled by its many museums and two historic factory complexes. It's also a great base for many outdoor activities including, but not limited to, fishing, cruising, skiing, hiking, ice hockey, ice swimming and even ice walking.


#32 Bursa, Turkey

Bursa is a Turkish city in the northwestern part of Asia Minor, and it was the first major city taken over by the Ottomans; it served as the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1326 until 1363 when the seat of government was moved to Edirne. Known for its beautiful mosques and historical sites dating from those times, this city of over 2 million people has a safety index of 76.85, falling 13 spots from last year, as well as plenty of delicious döner kebabs.


#31 Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is known for being friendly and quite safe (although the city did fall 10 spots on the list since last year), and it's a great place to experience Danish culture and history, as the country's capital. Visit the statue of the Little Mermaid from the story written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen or Tivoli Gardens, the city's amusement park that's more than 100 years old.


#30 Vienna, Austria

Vienna is a city with so much history and culture that its historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was home to the Hapsburg court, and it serves as Austria's political, cultural, and economic capital. It has a safety index of 77.21, down 12 spots from last year, and is also one of the world's best cities for coffee.


#29 Ljublana, Slovenia

Slovenia's capital is full of impressive architecture and beautiful parks, and the city plays host to over 10,000 cultural events every year. The city actually rose up 14 spots from last year, which is even more reason to make the trip so you can attend one!


#28 Brasov, Romania

Brasov may not be that well known, but it's a city worth a visit with a skyline full of watchtowers, baroque buildings and churches, and Gothic spires. As intimidating as some of its buildings may look, the city is quite safe, moving up 12 spots from last year.


#27 Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is known for its design heritage, and shoppers will find many beautiful prints and gorgeous dresses there. Moving up 15 places on the list, it's a perfect destination for the summer with plenty of outdoor bars, cafes, and beautiful parks.


#26 Timisoara, Romania

Timi?oara, known as the city of roses and parks, is a very green city with architecture similar to Vienna's. Another university city, it's also considered by many to be the most cosmopolitan in the country, perhaps due to its industrialization. Timi?oara also has beautiful palaces, churches, and even an opera house.


#25 Canberra, Australia

Australia's capital doesn't get as much attention as Sydney or even Melbourne, but it's the only Australian city to make this list. One of the most eco-friendly cities in the world, great place for outdoor adventurers, particularly with a solid safety index of 78.00 and plenty of opportunity to bike, jog, or walk through its parks, gardens, and natural reserves. Canberra has a huge lake - man-made - surrounded by picturesque museums, galleries, and national monuments.


#24 Mérida, Mexico

There is a Mérida in Spain, Venezuela, and the Philippines, but the one in Mexico is the largest. The culture here is an interesting mix of Spanish, Mayan, British, French, Lebanese and a bit of Dutch. It has a safety index of 77.85, as well as cheap and fresh tamales sold on the street for you to enjoy before heading over to one of its many museums or markets.


#23 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

The fifth largest city in Russia, Nizhny Novgorod is a big destination for river tourism in the country. Find an impressive mix of Russian Revival and Stalinist architecture, as well as over 600 cultural and historic monuments in addition to beautiful churches and museums.


#22 Aalborg, Denmark

Aalborg is home to an ancient Viking graveyard, as well as a nice zoo and many renaissance buildings. The biggest carnival in Northern Europe, Aalborg Karneval, is held here in the last week of May.


#21 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca is the highest rated Romanian city to make the list, and it's also the most popular for tourists. It's the unofficial capital of Transylvania, a historical region that is often associated with Dracula, on account of it being the setting of Bram Stoker's novel. He doesn't seem to be a threat though, as the city is a great place to explore beautiful Gothic architecture among museums, galleries, parks, and delicious Transylvanian food.


#20 Reykjavik, Iceland

Visit the world's northernmost capital city, where you can experience the friendly and creative culture of Iceland. Reykjavik should definitely be on your bucket list. It has a safety index of 78.71, rising 12 spots from last year, and it's a great spot for nature lovers, as well as those looking for a good arts scene.


#19 Hong Kong

Hong Kong is possibly the most cosmopolitan city in all of Asia, and while it is technically a Special Administrative Region of China, it's very much autonomous and a world of its own. It has a 78.99 rating, falling six places, and a fantastic food scene. Get to Victoria Peak for an amazing view of the entire island.


#18 Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is a very popular destination in the summer, and for good reason. It's quite safe with an index of 79.12, rising five spots since last year, and a history that goes back to medieval times, as seen with the medieval houses and cobbled streets in the absolutely gorgeous Old City.


#17 Tbilisi, Georgia

In recent years, Tbilisi has grown as a tourist destination due to Georgia's growing hospitality industry. It's the nation's capital, and it has a safety index of 79.63. Try a sulfur bath in the city's bath district or check out the local tea plantation before heading to one of its parks or lakes for a nice breath of fresh air.


#16 Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich has been ranked among the cities with the highest living standard for years now, and part of that is definitely its level of safety, although the city did drop six spots. Right near the Swiss Alps for your mountain adventures, Zurich is also home to the Bahnhofstrasse, one of the busiest shopping streets in the world.


#15 Bern, Switzerland

Also having dropped six spots, Bern is right in the center of Switzerland, meaning it's easy to travel to other cities from here - and it's safe too. History, museums, public art, and parks abound here.


#14 Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan is another great East Asian destination, and Taipei is one of the most fun-filled cities in the world. Taipei 101 (officially the Taipei International Financial Center) dominates the skyline, but there are plenty of beautiful temples and buildings closer to the ground. Take a trip to the National Palace Museum to see one of the most significant collections of Chinese imperial artifacts in the world.


#13 Rijeka, Croatia

The seaport of Rijeka has it all: beaches, theaters, diving, churches, outdoor trails, castles, towers, and a plethora of museums. This city in Croatia also has a safety index of 81.73, rising seven spots, and was named as the European Capital of Culture for 2020, along with the Irish city of Galway.


#12 Irvine, California

Relax in Irvine, one of America's least stressed cities probably because it's also the safest. The master-planned city is a college town with access to the famous Newport Beach, and if you're not looking to hit the waves, you can also explore its many parks, restaurants, and galleries.

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With two big universities, Eski?ehir is a college town that's risen 13 spots since last year and holds a great mix of modern, traditional, and ancient Turkish life. It's largely known for its hamams, or Turkish baths, some of which date back to the time of the Ottomans.


#10 Munich, Germany

Munich is definitely a mandatory stop if you're ever in Germany, especially if you're a millennial. Some of its museums are considered to be of better quality than the ones in Berlin, and with so many schools and multinational companies based here, it's no wonder that the birthplace of Oktoberfest is also considered a leading city in engineering, research, business, and more.


#9 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is in a class of its own. Constantly pushing the boundaries of technology and architecture, it's home to the tallest structure in the world: the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Mall (also the largest in the world) contributes greatly to Dubai's reputation as a shopper's paradise, with over 1,200 stores (not including pop-ups), 120 restaurants, a theme park, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, and even a 250-room luxury hotel. Consider going in July, when Dubai is among the cheapest places to travel.


#8 Tokyo, Japan

Japan's capital, Tokyo, is over 500 years old, and it has multiple districts, each with its own character. Known for its nightlife and amazing technology, Tokyo is striving to become even more advanced in preparation for hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics; multiple venues and transit stations will undergo construction or renovations, which means this already fast-growing destination will only grow hotter.


#7 Basel, Switzerland

A day trip to Basel is not a bad idea if you decide to visit the other Swiss cities on this list. The heart of Dreiländereck, or "three countries corner," it shares a border with both France and Germany. It has over two dozen museums, and it hosts several events and festivals throughout the year, including BaselWorld, the largest jewelry and watch trade show in the world.


#6 Singapore

Singapore is actually a city-state, meaning it's a nation that consists of a single city - but there's quite a lot happening in that city. The second most densely populated country in the world with a population of 5.6 million, Singapore is full of workers and expats from all over the world, and its food scene is impressive too, with influences from the Chinese, Malay, and Indian communities that have thrived here.


#5 Erbil, Iraq

Unfortunately, stereotypes and skewed media coverage would lead many to be surprised to see Iraq on this list. But the city of Erbil, located in northern Iraq and capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, makes it into the top five safest cities in the world. Also one of the world's oldest cities, Erbil is a diverse city full of different religions and ethnicities that you can explore in its many bazaars, parks, mosques, and museums.


#4 Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City is one of the few cities in North America that still has its original city walls (all of the others are in Mexico or the Caribbean). One of the most romantic cities on the planet, its Old Town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and as a city with just over 700,000 residents, it's got a safety index of 85.06, up two spots from last year.


#3 Osaka, Japan

Osaka is the best city in Japan for food, drinks, and nightlife, and it's safer than ever, moving up 11 spots since last year. Make sure you visit Osaka Castle while you're here, which has a park attached, or the nearby Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, where you can even customize your own Cup Noodles to take home.


#2 Doha, Qatar

Qatar is currently embroiled in a major diplomatic conflict with many other countries in the Middle Eastern region, but visitors to its capital, Doha, will still find themselves in the second safest city in the world. It's home to the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei with inspiration from traditional Islamic architecture, which houses Islamic art from three different continents that span over 1,400 years.


#1 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The safest city in the world is Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, with a safety index of 88.41. While it has a population of just over 1 million, only 420,000 are actually citizens - whose average net worth is $17 million dollars. (Most of the rest are expatriates, primarily from other Arab countries, South Asia, the UK, and the Horn of Africa.) It is also home to the picturesque Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the country's largest, as well as many camel races, and the city is also full of huge gardens and parks, as well as amazing skyscrapers and some of the world's most beautiful hotels.

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