Ever wondered how safe—or unsafe—our capital city really is?

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, the District of Columbia is among the safest cities in the world. Specifically, it is the seventh safest city globally, according to their metrics, which are based on the respective cities' "digital security, health security, infrastructure, and personal safety."

The only cities to beat out D.C. (in order of safest first) were Tokyo, Japan; Singapore; Osaka, Japan; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; and Toronto, Canada. 

So not bad at all.


When it came to individual categories, D.C. ranked No. 4 for digital security, No. 7 for health security, No. 10 for infrastructure security, and No. 23 for personal security.

Other U.S. cities who made the top 20 overall include Chicago, IL (No. 11), San Francisco, CA (No. 13), New York (No. 15), Los Angeles, CA (No. 17). Dallas, TX, came in at No. 21.

It is always important to remember, though, that no matter how safe a location is, one should not let their guard down—especially when unfamiliar with an area. If you or a family member need guidance as to the safety of the D.C. area, SafeAround has some good information on their website. The site has detailed and specific data about what to expect when traveling around the city. Washington.org also has additional helpful information.

All in all, though, it is great to hear that our nation's capital city is among the safest in the world.  

What do you think? Do you agree with the rankings? Are you surprised by where any of the cities fell on the list? Tell us in the comments!