Lagos, the commercial metropolis of Nigeria, has been ranked as the second least liveable urban region in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a global provider of business intelligence.
According to the most recent 2022 Global Liveability Index, Lagos was rated 171 out of 172 nations on the list of the world’s most liveable cities for the first quarter of 2022.
This study ranks Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, as the worst in all of Africa, surpassing Damascus, Syria, and Tripoli, Libya, all of which continue to suffer from social upheaval, terrorism, and war at the bottom of the list.
“The least liveable cities were Damascus in Syria, Lagos in Nigeria, Tripoli in Libya, Algiers in Algeria and Karachi in Pakistan, which scored 30.7, 32.2, 34.2, 37.0 and 37.5 respectively.
“The EIU further highlighted the top five most liveable cities in the world which are Vienna, Austria scoring 99. 1; Copenhagen, Denmark with 98.0; Zurich, Switzerland with 96.3; Calgary, Canada had 96.3 and Vancouver, Canada with 96.1
“However, most of the cities in the bottom ten have improved their scores compared with last year, as COVID-19 pandemic induced pressures,” EIU stated.
The EIU, a subsidiary of The Economist, assessed 173 cities worldwide based on a range of criteria, including infrastructure, availability to green space, crime rates, health care, and political stability.
When evaluating the living circumstances of each city, the EIU looks at the standard of healthcare, education, infrastructure, stability, and culture.
Each rank is determined by taking into consideration more than 30 different variables, which are then added together to provide a weighted score between one and 100.
Lagos got 20.0, 20.8, 44.9, 25.0, and 46.4 correspondingly from the ranking index’s parameters for stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education, and infrastructure, bringing its overall score down to 32.2 from a maximum 100.