WHY DO WE THINK SOME cities are “unsafe,” while others are totally fine? And why are we so often wrong about which is which? Stratojets surveyed 2000 people from 30 countries about their safety perceptions of major cities. Then they compared those perceptions to reality.
What they found was interesting — we’re pretty bad at knowing which places are safe and which aren’t. For example, Detroit and New Orleans are both fairly dangerous cities — but we tend to think they’re safer than cities like Mexico City, even though Mexico city has a much lower murder rate.