10 Best & Worst Countries for Crime and Safety in 2016
The U.S. is not even close to the top.
New Zealand is the most prosperous country in the world, according to the Legatum Prosperity Index, while Singapore is listed as the world’s safest and most secure place for people to live, followed by Luxembourg and Japan.
Meanwhile, after one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history in Orlando in June, the US has become even more dangerous in the past year. The country fell from a safety and security ranking of 33 in 2015 to 52 in 2016 — making it more dangerous than Chile, Indonesia, or Tajikistan according to the index.
The index ranks countries based on a variety of factors to determine global prosperity across societies in 149 countries. Each country is measured on nine factors covering economic quality, business environment, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, social support, and natural environment.
Despite growing concerns about safety, the Legatum index found global prosperity overall is 3% higher than in 2007. This is largely due to increased tolerance throughout Western Europe and Latin America, growing health and education initiatives in Asia, and healthier business environments across the globe, according to the index.
Here are the best and worst countries ranked in 2016 for safety and security.
10 Safest Countries of 2016
10 Most Dangerous Countries of 2016
1. Central African Republic
2. Democratic Republic of Congo
To review the full list of rankings, or see where your country falls on the Legatum Prosperity Index, go here.