The idea of liveability is rather straightforward: assess which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. The 2013 Liveability Ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is out and Australia and Canada have grabbed all the top 10 spots, with a sprinkling each from Austria, Finland and New Zealand. The top ranking cities have remained pretty much the same and have been covered here.
But what makes this year's survey report interesting is its observation about civil unrest as a key factor in changing scores.
Comparing data from a year earlier, the report observes that 28 cities (20 percent of those surveyed) have seen changes over the past year. In most cases, the liveability score fell, driven by civil unrest, with the Arab Spring, European austerity and Chinese discontent all contributing factors.
There is crowding at the bottom, as four cities share two spots between them. Karachi in Pakistan and Algiers in Algeria share the number 134 slot with a score of 40.9, and Lagos in Nigeria and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea (PNG) share the number 137 slot with the same score of 38.9.
Interestingly, Cairo, which has seen major political and civil unrest, has saved itself from landing among the last ten.
Here is an interesting look at the cities that are ranked at the bottom 10 of the EIU City Index.
1. No. 131 - Tehran, Iran (45.8)
2. No. 132 - Douala, Cameroon (43.3)
3. No. 133 - Tripoli, Libya (41.7)
4. No. 134 - Karachi, Pakistan (40.9)
5. No. 134 - Algiers, Algeria (40.9)
6. No. 136 - Harare, Zimbabwe (40.7)
7. No. 137 - Lagos, Nigeria (38.9)
8. No. 137 - Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (38.9)
9. No. 139 - Dhaka, Bangladesh (38.7)
10. No. 140 - Damascus, Syria (38.4)
What does it mean to live in one of the worst cities in the world? Watch the slide show and check out the profile of each of the 10 worst cities to know why they got ranked in the bottom 10 of the Liveability Ranking by the EIU.
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