South Africa’s most dangerous cities to live in

A crime index compiled by Numbeo shows that South Africa is considered to be the third-most dangerous country in the world – with four South African cities listed in the top 10.

Pietermaritzburg is considered to be the most dangerous city in South Africa.

Crime Ranked by Country – Top 3

Rank Country Crime Index Safety Index
1 Venezuela 84.44 15.56
2 South Sudan 81.32 18.68
3 South Africa 78.43 21.57

Crime Ranked by SA City

Rank City Crime Index Safety Index
1 Pietermaritzburg 84.69 15.31
2 Johannesburg 83.01 16.99
3 Pretoria 79.05 20.95
4 Durban 78.78 21.22
5 Port Elizabeth 73.68 26.32
6 Cape Town 72.03 27.97

Crime Index is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given city or a country. Numbeo considers crime levels lower than 20 as very low, crime levels between 20 and 40 as being low, crime levels between 40 and 60 as being moderate, crime levels between 60 and 80 as being high and finally crime levels higher than 80 as being very high.

Safety index is, the opposite of crime index. If the city has a high safety index, it is considered very safe.

Contributors: 723. Last update: June, 2016. Source:

Contributors: 723. Last update: June, 2016. The data is based on perceptions of visitors over the past 3 years. Source: