Report reveals the world's safest cities -- and the U.S. doesn't fare well

The Economist has revealed the 10 cities calculated to be the safest in the world in a new report -- and it doesn't spell good news for the United States. 

A total of 60 cities around the globe were assessed and rankings were based on a number of factors in four main security categories—personal, digital, health, and infrastructure.

Tokyo took the top spot -- performing well across the board, leading the world in digital security and earning high marks in the health division.  Singapore and Osaka took 2nd and 3rd places respectively. 

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15. San Francisco 

Safe Cities score: 83.55

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14. Seoul

Safe Cities score: 83.61

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13. Barcelona

Safe Cities score: 83.71

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12. Madrid

Safe Cities score: 83.88

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11. Frankfurt

Safe Cities score: 84.86

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10. Zurich

Safe Cities score: 85.20

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9. Hong Kong

Safe Cities score: 86.22

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8. Stockholm

Safe Cities score: 86.72

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7. Sydney

Safe Cities score: 86.74

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6. Amsterdam

Safe Cities score: 87.26

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5. Melbourne

Safe Cities score: 87.26

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4. Toronto

Safe Cities score: 87.36

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3. Osaka

Safe Cities score: 88.87

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2. Singapore

Safe Cities score: 89.64

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1. Tokyo

Safe Cities score: 89.80

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Toronto, the only North American city earning a top-10 ranking, comes in at number 4, followed by Melbourne, Amsterdam, and Sydney, which fill slots 5 through 7, in that order. 

Rounding out the 10 safest cities in the world are Stockholm at 8, Hong Kong landing at 9, and Zurich claiming number 10. 

The highest-ranking U.S. city is San Francisco at 15th place. 

The Economist notes that U.S. city scores at large took a hit due to the nation’s failing infrastructure.  Dallas was the lowest ranked American city, coming in at 26.

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15. Bogota

Safe Cities score: 61.36

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14. Riyadh

Safe Cities score: 61.23

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13. Casablanca

Safe Cities score: 61.20

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12. Bangkok

Safe Cities score: 60.05

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11. Johannesburg

Safe Cities score: 59.17

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10. Cairo

Safe Cities score: 58.33

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9. Tehran

Safe Cities score: 56.49

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8. Quito

Safe Cities score: 56.39

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7. Caracas

Safe Cities score: 55.22

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6. Manila

Safe Cities score: 54.86

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5. Ho Chi Minh City

Safe Cities score: 54.33

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4. Jakarta

Safe Cities score: 53.39

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3. Dhaka

Safe Cities score: 47.37

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2. Yangon

Safe Cities score: 46.47

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1. Karachi

Safe Cities score: 38.77

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But the poorest performers ranking from 56 to 60, were Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Dhaka, Yangon, and Karachi.

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