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This top least livable cities list was based on the Economist Intelligence Unit's biannual Global Liveability Survey. Survey assesses the best or worst living conditions in140 locations around the world. Every city was assigned a rating of relative comfort for more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Each factor in a city was rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable. For qualitative indicators, a rating was awarded based on the judgment of in-house analysts and in-city contributors. For quantitative indicators, a rating was calculated based on the relative performance of a number of external data points.

a busy street in Kathmandu, Nepal
a busy street in Kathmandu, Nepal


The least livable city out of the 140 locations assessed was found to be Abidjan of the Cote d'Ivoire. See also the most livable cities for the same time period.

City Country
1. Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire
2. Tehran Iran
3. Douala Cameroon
4. Karachi Pakistan
5. Tripoli Libya
6. Algiers Algeria
7. Lagos Nigeria
8. Port Moresby PNG
9. Dhaka Bangladesh
10. Harare Zimbabwe

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  • I hope Tehran being no.2 most unlivable city has no political motivation. or update what major yardstick you put into consideration to suit each. thanx (from ┬áismail, July 2012)


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