Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos, has been ranked second on the World’s Least Liveable City by the Economist.
Lagos came behind Damascus and ahead of Tripoli, Libyan and Dhaka, Senegal on the yearly report of the Economist.
And for the seventh year running, Melbourne, Australia is the World’s Most Liveable City.
The Economist further said that terrorism and diplomatic tensions are eroding living conditions worldwide.
The Australian city came number one from 140 cities slightly ahead of the Austrian capital Vienna, with the Canadian trio of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary completing for the top five.
“This is a win for all Victorians, who contribute so much to making Melbourne the best place to live in the world”, said Victorian State Premier Daniel Andrews.
According to Agence Presse France (AFP), the survey, released Wednesday, scores cities on five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
The Economist’s Intelligence Unit found that medium-sized cities in wealthy countries fared best.
“These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure”, the report said.
Major hubs like New York, London, Paris and Tokyo were hives of activity but lost points due to high levels of crime and overcrowded public transport.
More broadly, global stability continued to weaken due to the increase in terror-related incidents worldwide.
“Violent acts of terrorism have been reported in many countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the US,” the report found.
“While not a new phenomenon, the frequency and spread of terrorism have increased noticeably and become even more prominent.”
The United States had seen a decline in a number of its cities over the past few years related to growing unrest.
“This stems in part from unrest related to a number of deaths of black people at the hands of police officers”, the report found.
“In addition, the country has seen protests held in response to President Trump’s policies and executive orders.”