Big cities can be scary, can’t they? All those people, crushed, unsmiling, into the same small spaces. All those shadowy strangers. All those darkened streets.
In reality, of course, nothing bad ever happened on most of those streets. Most of those strangers are probably lovely if you get to know them, and are only grumpy because their bus was late. But some cities are, well, more dangerous than others.
The infographic above comes courtesy of our old friends Statista. It shows the per capita murder rate in a selection of cities, using data from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The cities shown weren’t chosen for any reason beyond the fact they represent a decent geographical and statistical spread; the size of the bubble reflects the murder rate.
The graphic shows that, in the developed world, you’re relatively unlikely to be murdered, which is good, obviously: even New York, which once upon a time was the archetype for the scary big city, is actually pretty safe.