Manila ranks 51st in The Economist's Safe Cities Index 2021

Published August 23, 2021, 3:30 PM

by Noreen Jazul

Manila ranked 51st in the Safe Cities Index 2021 list of The Economist Intelligence Unit.


The annual report measures the urban safety of 60 major cities worldwide based on five categories: personal, health, infrastructure, digital, and environmental security.

Manila received a “high” overall score of 52.5 in the fourth edition of the list.

The city scored 47.4 in digital security, 49.9 in health security, 52.9 in infrastructure security, 46.4 in personal security, and 65.9 in environmental security.

The report also stated that 59 out of 60 cities, including Manila, “have started the process of becoming a smart city or expressed the ambition.”

Meanwhile, Copenhagen topped the ranking with an 82.4 overall score, followed by Toronto (82.2), and Singapore (80.7).

“COVID-19 has changed the whole concept of urban safety,” the report said quoting Staffordshire Business School professor Fang Zhao.

“Health is an obvious place to begin a discussion of urban security in 2021…Digital security is now an even higher priority as more work and commerce have moved online; those responsible for infrastructure safety have to adjust to dramatic changes in travel patterns and where residents consume utilities; agencies responsible for personal security need to address a large, lockdown driven shift in crime patterns; and the priority that urban residents and officials assign to environmental security has risen markedly as covid-19 serves as a stark warning of unexpected crises,” it added.