Melbourne ranked eighth safest city in the world behind Sydney, Copenhagen

Melbourne is one of the world’s safest cities but has been beaten by another Australian capital. See who else made the list.

Melbourne ranked eighth safest city in the world behind Sydney, Copenhagen

Melbourne has been beaten by Sydney in a global survey of the world’s safest cities, but the Victorian capital is still among the top ten.

The Economist Group’s Safe Cities Index, released on Monday, ruled that the Danish capital of Copenhagen was the world’s safest city.

Despite rolling lockdowns, Melbourne — which was ranked 10th last year — rose to eighth place this year, behind Sydney, which came in fourth.

Toronto and Singapore, which ranked second and third respectively, rounded out the top five.

Closing out the top 10 was Amsterdam (sixth), Wellington (seventh), Hong Kong and Melbourne (tied on eighth) and Stockholm (tenth).

Copenhagen recorded 82.4 points out of 100, while Toronto followed closely behind on 82.2.

The index, which is the centrepiece of a research project, ranks 60 cities worldwide across five continents.

It measures the multifaceted nature of urban safety, with 76 indicators organised along five pillars: personal, health, infrastructure, digital – and new this year – environmental security.

WORLD'S SAFEST CITIES - OVERALL RANKING

1. Copenhagen
2. Toronto
3. Singapore
4. Sydney
5. Tokyo
6. Amsterdam
7. Wellington
8. Melbourne
= 8. Hong Kong
10. Stockholm
11. Barcelona

The City of Melbourne has committed $1.8m to maintain 16,000 street lights across the municipality.

It also recently invested $40,000 on new bollards, bike hoops and 25 planter boxes to beautify Collins St, improve public safety and prevent damage to shopfronts.