Every year, expatriate magazines take a look at the world’s best and worst cities to live in. Unfortunately, the worst cities don’t get to see the light of day and are rarely documented as no one likes to talk about the overpopulated centers, economic unrest, polluted depression, poverty, violence and misery.
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit report, "Factors such as social unrest in many US cities due to the deaths of black people in police custody, tensions in Eastern Europe and Asia and the ongoing civil wars in Ukraine, Syria and Libya have led to greater security concerns and compounded this decline."
In this blog, we are listing down 5 of the worst cities for international relocations. Keep in mind that they are not in any particular order.
Battling the fight of limited infrastructure and overpopulation, Lagos, Nigeria is Africa’s 2nd largest city. Due to an inefficient road network and a population that has reached the 15 million mark, both the human and the vehicular traffic can easily get on your nerves. Not the best place to visit or move to at the moment. However, it does hold some hope if these two issues get resolved.
There are many reasons why Dhaka constantly finds a place in the worst cities to live in list. First, it is insanely overpopulated. Next, it lacks the basic resources, such as electricity, water and gas. Since its inception, it has also suffered due to political unrest which continues to grip the city to this day. The many parts of the government institutions are not functioning properly and even if they do so, the people themselves know little about maintenance.
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Probably the worst of all the cities in the list, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea is indeed a place which is not suitable to live in. Why do we think so? Because of the ever-rising crime rate where carjacking and sexual assaults are relatively common, it is not hard to imagine why it is on every list. A corrupt government, unhelpful security departments, local gang violence and limited infrastructure are just a few of the many reasons why Port Moresby struggles to shed this tag. But, as with the other cities on the list, there is still hope. Despite all the evils, it is also the country’s biggest economy and the poverty rates are decreasing. It may be safe to avoid it now but who knows; in the coming decades, it could find a place in the most livable cities of the world.
There was a time when Detroit was home to the USA’s automotive industry. Every automobile manufacturer celebrated on seizing a place in the city. For decades, it had remained the hub for manufacturing thousands of vehicles every week. However, when America met its biggest automotive failure, the city lost all its charm and grace.
Breeding violence, the city soon became one of the most unpleasant cities to live in all of America. Property prices fell and people started to relocate. The only ones who remained were the ones who had no place else to go.
It may seem surprising to find a city of China in the list but Linfen has its own issues to deal with. Every day begins and ends with smog, soot and smoke. To quote, it has been established that every native breathes in more toxic substances than a chain smoker on a daily basis. Being an industrial area with a population of about 4 million residents, in Linfen, the most common viruses and conditions include asthma and other pollution-triggered diseases which are the reasons that make it one of the most unlivable countries to move to.
Cities Which Are Just as Bad as These:
- Karachi, Pakistan
- Algiers, Algeria
- Harare, Zimbabwe
- Tripoli, Libya
- Damascus, Syria
- Douala, Cameroon