Moscow moves up in Numbeo Safety, Pollution and Health Care rankings

Moscow improved its positions in the key indices of Numbeo platform - the largest online database of information about cities, based on crowdsourcing, said Vladimir Efimov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations.

“Numbeo rankings are compiled based on online-voting of users and reflect opinions of people of hundreds of cities and countries. Moscow successfully competes with the world's major cities in the indices. Compared to July 2020, when the indices were previously updated, the Russian capital is now perceived better from safety, environment and healthcare standpoints,” the deputy mayor said.

For instance, in the Crime Index Moscow went up 31 ranks - from 230 to 261th place (the first place goes to the least safe city). Users noted low overall crime rate, very low chance of being robbed or mugged, as well as being insulted or losing a car because of delinquents. Moscow from the safety point of view is perceived better than Berlin, Milan, New York, Dublin and a few other Western cities. Leaders and the safest cities, according to Numbeo users – Abu-Dhabi, Doha and Taipei.

In the Pollution Index Moscow improved its position by 8 ranks, moving from 164 to 172th place (first place goes to the most polluted city). Air pollution in Moscow is considered moderate, Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility and Quality of Green and Parks - high. Moscow is perceived better than Brussels, Los Angeles, Rome, Istanbul. Leaders and the cleanest cities, according to Numbeo users – Canberra, Wellington (New Zealand) and Stavanger (Norway).

“For the first time in the last two years Moscow showed positive dynamics in the Health Care Index, in which it went up 6 ranks - from 191 to 185. In this index users evaluate the overall quality of the healthcare system, skill and competency of medical staff, equipment for modern diagnosis and treatment and other indicators. Satisfaction with responsiveness in medical institutions as well as accuracy and completeness in filling out reports are now on high level, previously the two indicators were on moderate level. This is crucial during the pandemic. The Russian Capital overcomes Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai in this ranking”, said Kirill Purtov, Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Economic Policy and Development.

The Numbeo portal, founded by renowned IT specialist Mladen Adamovic more than 10 years ago, currently publishes 7 rankings based on the data from the users of the site. Online surveys of Numbeo visitors are carried out continuously, once every six months the results are recorded, after which the corresponding rankings are published. According to the Moscow Analytical Center, visitors to Numbeo rate more than 500 cities; Numbeo data is used to compile various integral city ratings, for example, IESE Cities in Motion and MORI Global Power City Index.