Lagos State, the commercial metropolis of Nigeria, has been ranked as the second least liveable urban area in the world by the worldwide business intelligence firm Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
According to the most recent 2022 Global Liveability Index, Lagos State was rated 171 out of 172 nations in the list of the world’s most liveable cities for the first quarter of 2022.
As a result of civil upheaval, terrorism, and conflict, Damascus (Syria), Tripoli (Libya), and Lagos (Nigeria) continue to languish at the bottom of the ranking, making Lagos State the worst city in Africa according to this assessment.
“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 account more than 30 different variables, which are then added together to create a weighted score between one and 100.
Lagos State 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 possible 100.