Dhaka moves to #1 in Least Liveable City Index

Dhaka is ranked least liveable among 140 surveyed cities. Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Survey ranked Dhaka 139 in 2011, and 140 in 2012.

DOWNLOAD: EIU Liveability Report 2012

DOWNLOAD: Spatially Adjusted Index Report [Dhaka ranks 2 better on this]

Least livable cities: 2012
131. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
132. Tehran, Iran
133. Douala, Cameroon
134. Tripoli, Libya
135. Karachi, Pakistan
136. Algiers, Algeria
137. Harare, Zimbabwe
138. Lagos, Nigeria
139. Port Moresby, Papua New Guineau
140. Dhaka, Bangladesh

Least livable cities: 2011
131. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
132. Tehran, Iran
133. Douala, Cameroon
134. Karachi, Pakistan
135. Tripoli, Libya
136. Algiers, Algeria
137. Lagos, Nigeria
138. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
139. Dhaka, Bangladesh
140. Harare, Zimbabwe

The ratings are based on 30 factors, across five categories — stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

“15,414,000 inhabitants live within 134 square miles, giving the city a density of 115,000 inhabitants per square mile. Among the world’s top thirty metro areas, Mumbai is a distant second (80,100 psm), Karachi is third (66,800 psm), and fourth is Kinshasa, with 40,200 per square mile, or one-third the human density of Dhaka. Of all the world’s metro areas, only Hyderabad, Pakistan approaches the density of Dhaka, with 100,900 people per square mile, but the Pakistani city is home to only 2.8 million people.”

Download: Demographia Report

Charts from Wendell Cox’s Report

No city in the world uses land so efficiently as Dhaka. But this comes at a price. With an urban area ranked among the 20 most populous in the world, Dhaka’s average income is so low that it does not even place in the top 100 metropolitan area economies as measured by the Brookings Institution.




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