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People have complained to me that I have been being hostile to Berkeley on my blog but to my way of seeing things I am simply giving them a fair and honest warning. Trying to be helpful seems to raise a feeling of annoyance in Berkeley people. There are other beautiful places here on Earth which are much, safer to live in than Berkeley. Here is a list of the top 25 cities in the world, rated for their quality of life, with their murder rates computed. This data is from a magazine presently on the news stands called Monocle – issue 35 – Quality of Life .

– – – – -City – – – – – – Population – – – Murders – – per 100,000

  1. Munich  – – – -1,364,000 – – – – -8 – – .6
  2. Copenhagen – – 528,000 – – – – 13 – – 1.6
  3. Zurich – – – – – -382,000 – – – – 18 – – 4.7
  4. Tokyo – – – – -8,800,000 – – – 131 – – 1.5
  5. Helsinki – – – – -583,000 – – – – -6 – – 1.0
  6. Stockholm – – – 829,000 – – – -30 – – 3.6
  7. Paris – – – – – 2,200,000 – – – – ? – –
  8. Vienna – – – – 1,700,000 – – — 68 – – 4.0
  9. Melbourne – -3,900,000 – – – 27 – – .7
  10. Madrid – – – -3,300,000 – – – 36 – – 1.2
  11. Berlin – – – – -3,400,000 – – – 27 – – .8
  12. Sydney – – – -4,400,000 – – – 50 – – 1.1
  13. Honolulu – – – – 374,000 – – – 14 – – 3.7
  14. Fukuoka – – – 1,500,000 – – – 16 – – 1.0
  15. Geneva – – – – – 189,000 – – – -8 – – 4.2
  16. Vancouver – – – 578,000 – – – 17 – – 2.9
  17. Barcelona – – -1,600,000 – – – ? – –
  18. Oslo – – – – – – – -575,000 – – – 7 – – 1.2
  19. Montreal – – – -1,600,000 – – 31 – – 1.9
  20. Auckland – – – – -444,000 – – 12 – – 2.7
  21. Singapore – – – 4,990,000 – – 19 – – .4
  22. Portland – – – – – 582,000 – – 19 – – .2
  23. Kyoto – – – – – -1,500,000 – – -9 – – .6
  24. Hamburg – – – 1,800,000 – – – 9 – – .5
  25. Lisbon – – – – – – 489,000 – – – 4 – – .8

Now for comparison the number of murders in the city of Berkeley as reported for last year at city-data.com as 8. That is for a city of 103,000 residents. Now compare that rate to Lisbon’s, the bottom rated city, with a population five times bigger but it only has half the murders. Which means your chances of being murdered in Berkeley are ten times worse than in Lisbon.

Berkeley – – – – – – 100,000 – – – – 8 – – 8.0

The number one rated city, averaged for all 20+ of their criteria, was Munich and it was second best for murder with only 8 in a city of 1,800,000, the same number of murders as in Berkeley but the population was thirteen times bigger.

Singapore was the safest of these 25 desirable cities. My point is that it is twenty times safer to live in Singapore than in Berkeley.

I was a little surprised at how dangerous some of their top rated cities were but none came close to Berkeley. Furthermore, quite a lot of Berkeley, in the hills north of campus, for example, is very safe from crime but not from the hostilities of nature. The part of the city south of campus is extremely dangerous any way you choose to examine it. Earthquake, city fires, murder etc.. You pay a big price to live in Berkeley.

Berkeley Earthquake effects

Earthquake - Berkeley, CA. South campus is to the bottom of center street-less area.

Most of my old friends spend most of their time in or very near the black zone and they are mad at me for mentioning this in a polite way. It seems that for good sense we must turn to the dorky alien from the worst movie of all time Plan Nine From Outer Space. He had it right when he said,

You Earth people are stupid, stupid stupid.