The 2021 rankings added a fifth indicator, which was environment
Dhaka has ranked 54th out of 60 countries in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s) Safe Cities Index 2021.
Although the ranking appears low, the Bangladesh capital has actually gained one spot in the rankings since the last edition was published in 2019. The city improved its overall score by more than four points from 44.6 to 48.9 (out of 100).
Four indicators were the same in the 2019 and 2021 rankings: infrastructure, digital security, personal, and health. The 2021 rankings added a fifth indicator, which was environment.
Dhaka saw significant improvement in infrastructure and health, increasing its scores from 34.2 to 49.6 and 45.1 to 50.9, respectively. However, the city’s scores in the digital security and personal categories actually dropped from 41.9 to 39 and 57.4 to 46.6.
The EIU report on the rankings also classed Dhaka as among cities that “have a smart city plan or plans to invest in the next five years.” A total 15 of the top ranked cities were classed as cites that “have a smart city plan and explicitly focuses on cybersecurity of the smart city infrastructure/network.”
The Indian cities of Mumbai and New Delhi finished a few places ahead of Dhaka with overall scores of 54.4 and 56.1, respectively.
Yangon in Myanmar brought up the bottom of the rankings with an overall score of 39.5, while Pakistan’s Karachi was second from bottom with a score of 39.7.
Copenhagen topped the list with a score of 82.4, followed by Toronto with 82.2, and Singapore with 80.7.