World's least liveable cities dominated by crime, civil unrest and terrorism
Large cities inundated with crime and those torn apart by war or natural disasters have proven to be the world’s most unliveable cities.
Syria’s war-torn capital Damascus continues to languish at the bottom of The Economist’s 2018 Global Liveability Index which takes into account 30 factors related to stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.
Vienna in Austria topped the list with a score of 99.1 percent, beating out Melbourne which had previously held the title as the World’s Most Liveable City for seven years. The top ten were largely cities viewed as safe, with a low terror threat and good access to health care and education.
But at the other end of the scale, Damascus managed a score of just 30.7 percent.
Bangladesh’s Dhaka was second last with a score of 38 percent, with Nigeria’s Lagos just ahead with a score of 38.5 percent.
The Economist said that crime, civil unrest, terrorism or war played a "strong role" in the ten-lowest scoring cities.
Dahka is the fourth most densely populated city in the world while Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
Both Lagos and Dahka’s rankings were likely impacted by the high threat of terrorism.
Pakistan’s Karachi was ranked just above Lagos, again most-likely due to security concerns, while Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby was ranked 136th due to its high level of crime.
Harare – the largest city in Zimbabwe – was also in the bottom ten thanks to its crime rate and possibility of civil unrest and political violence, as was Libya’s Tripoli due to ongoing war and fighting in the city.
Cameroon’s Douala falls on the list at 133 thanks to a high crime rate and risk of terrorism, beaten by Algeria’s Algiers which also has a high risk of terrorism and Senegal’s Dakar which has a high rate of criminal activity.
The survey notably does not include many of the world’s most dangerous capitals such as Baghdad and Kabul.
The ten least liveable cities 2018
1. Damascus, Syria
2. Dhaka, Bangladesh
3. Lagos, Nigeria
4. Karachi, Pakistan
5. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
6. Harare, Zimbabwe
7. Tripoli, Libya
8. Douala, Cameroon
9. Algiers, Algeria
10. Dakar, Senegal