This annual report uses stability, health care, infrastructure, education, culture and environment to assess the livability of 140 major cities around the world.
Not much as changed since 2018 including the fact that African cities still rank poorly on this list.
Of the 10 world's least livable cities in 2019, five can be found in Africa. They are:
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Tripoli, Libya
- Harare, Zimbabwe
- Douala, Cameroon
- Algiers, Algeria
On the flip side, we have the following as the world's most liveable cities for 2019
- Vienna, Austria
- Melbourne, Australia
- Sydney, Australia
- Osaka, Japan
- Calgary, Canada
- Vancouver, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Tokyo, Japan
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Adelaide, Australia
It isn't all bad news for Africa
Despite the low ratings for African cities, Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire’s overall liveability ranking has improved over the past five years.
“Abidjan’s upward trajectory has stalled in the past year,” the report states, “but Côte d’Ivoire’s diversifying economy and strengthening governance have driven upgrades in previous years.”
Abidjan was ranked 123 out of 140 cities for 2019.