Karachi ranked among worst cities to live in

Published: August 19, 2016
Boys aboard an abandoned boat collect recyclable items through polluted waters in front of fishing boats at Fish Harbor in Karachi, Pakistan, August 17, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Boys aboard an abandoned boat collect recyclable items through polluted waters in front of fishing boats at Fish Harbor in Karachi, Pakistan, August 17, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Economist Intelligence Unit just released a report that ranks Karachi as the world’s sixth worst city to live in.

The index found that ten cities in Western Europe suffered falls in liveability in the wake of attacks in Paris and Brussels. “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.”

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The EIU’s Global Liveability Ranking provides scores out of 100 for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide. It looks at which cities have the best living and worst living conditions. The ranking takes into account healthcare, education, infrastructure, safety, and the threat of terrorism and then gives an overall mark out of 100.

The EIU said “the survey is designed to address a range of cities or business centres that people might want to live in or visit. Although few could currently argue that Damascus and Tripoli are likely to attract visitors, their inclusion in the survey reflects cities that were deemed relatively stable just a few years ago.”

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Here’s the list of the eight worst cities to live in:

1. Damascus, Syria

2. Tripoli, Libya

3. Lagos, Nigeria

4. Dhaka, Bangladesh

5. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

6. Algiers, Algeria (Tie)

6. Karachi, Pakistan (Tie)

7. Harare, Zimbabwe

8. Douala, Cameroon

Top 10 most visited cities in the world

These are the most livable cities in the world:

1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

3. Vancouver, Canada

4. Toronto, Canada

5. Calgary, Canada (Tie)

5. Adelaide, Australia (Tie)

6. Perth, Australia

7. Auckland, New Zealand

8. Helsinki, Finland

9. Hamburg, Germany


This article originally appeared on Business Insider

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Melbourne se
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:12PM

    Thank you architect of 2 nation theory.Recommend

  • Ajeet
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:39PM

    Thank you Jinnah for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:00PM

    And I thought it was the most cosmo city in Pak and a rich port one at that . Mingling of all classes and religions was max in this town apparently.Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:02PM

    Once known as Paris of Asia, Karachi now one of the worst cities to live in, what a travesty of events.Soon more cities from Pakistan shall follow Karachi’s footsteps and examples…Yesterday was Pakistan’s turn and today Karachi…Recommend

  • ThirdWorldPatriot
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:11PM

    Human commits mistakes..!!Recommend

  • divergence
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:21PM

    All credit goes to MQM and PPP governments.Recommend

  • Mian
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:23PM

    Thank you Quaidiazam for Pakistan. Although Karachi is dirty but still it is OURS. Something can be done about dirtiness but very difficult to gain freedom. Ask IOK Kashmiris. So yes, thank you Quaid.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:59PM

    wow,pakistan is adding feather by feather on its cap!Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Aug 19, 2016 - 8:01PM

    It is a shame what the Pakistanis have done to Karachi. Pre-Independence Karachi was a thriving city where it had a large educated and industrious Hindu, Parsi community along with Muslims, who had made karachi one of the leading and modern city of not only India but Asia.
    But since the ‘Pakistanification’ of karachi in 1947, the city went downhill. Recommend

  • Fact
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:07PM

    Stop meddling in Karachi with your dirty fingers and things will get better.@سے Shaam (Hanafi): Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:13PM

    @سے Shaam (Hanafi):

    bombay is not much better..hahahaRecommend

  • Voiceless Pakistani
    Aug 19, 2016 - 11:51PM

    Karachi is ruled by the most genetically

    corrupt race in this planet whose men

    in order to save their property inheritance

    share to their sisters and to occupy

    thsir enemy’s land and wealth term

    their own mothers, sisters and

    wives as ” Kari ” ( adultress )

    and murder them and get

    their enemy’s land and

    money through wadera’s


  • adeel
    Aug 20, 2016 - 7:00AM

    And all these Indian haters will speed up to write their hate comments about PakistanRecommend

  • Russian
    Aug 20, 2016 - 10:14AM

    @hamza khan Yes Mumbai is becoming much better. They now have metro which will eventually stretch all across Mumbai and even a Monorail which covers short distances. Indians are shifting their financial capital from Mumbai to Ahmedabad up north to take some burden off from Mumbai. And finally link the 2 cities by a bullet train by 2023 which they have signed with Japan. It may not figure in top 10 cities but it will be certainly be a much better city. Recommend

  • jay
    Aug 20, 2016 - 10:58AM

    Pakistan cares for only Kashmir , forget any other city ! Recommend

  • Alien1
    Aug 20, 2016 - 2:43PM

    Another feather in pakistan’s cap!Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Aug 20, 2016 - 10:13PM

    @hamza khan Yes Mumbai is becoming much better. They now have metro which will eventually stretch all across Mumbai

    Don’t be apologetic, the much touted metro in lahore is just a glorified bus service like Mumbai’s BEST that the city has had for years. Lahore is catching up to the 20th century.Recommend

  • bilal
    Aug 20, 2016 - 11:05PM

    situation of karachi is much better than 2012. I think may things in this survey not wright. And plz dont see own face from other eyes. This is the agenda of western policy makers that not show any good thing or news about pakistan. And mqm and ppp are not pakistanese parties, they are all the agents of enemies of pakistan. But sindhis and urdu speakers understand when dooms day will come.Recommend

  • Magma
    Aug 21, 2016 - 2:44AM

    Honestly,in terms of advancement between Karachi and Mumbai,Mumbai wins,and between Lahore and Delhi,Lahore wins.Its quite obvious if you have seen these cities.However,Mumbai and Lahore cannot be compared since both are completely different cities.Recommend

  • Proud Indian
    Aug 21, 2016 - 11:11AM

    The most impoverished land in the Universe. Makes Somalia look positively grand !!Recommend

  • HonkyTonk Man
    Aug 21, 2016 - 10:35PM

    Or as PPP likes to say… “Mission Accomplished” Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Aug 22, 2016 - 1:28AM

    @Proud Indian:
    You should better visit Islamabad.Recommend

  • PrasadDeccani
    Aug 22, 2016 - 4:25AM

    @Proud Pakistani:
    Islamabad is a completely pre-planned city. Still it looks so ugly in pictures with all those ‘Kachcha’ neighborhoods.Recommend

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