The Worst cities in the world to live. Yakutsk, Istanbul, Adelaide, Kinshasa, Ulan Bator, Singapore, Dhaka… All of them have reasons to be declared uncomfortable or very uncomfortable cities. Surprisingly, people keep on living there and for sure, they can be happy. You know, it seems everything is relative. Anyway, this is my list and my reasons:
The coldest city: Yakutsk in Russia. Located on the permanently frozen tundra of Russia far east, it is a major port on the Lena River. However, Yakutsk has university and up to 270,000 inhabitants working and of course, loving. Weather: -34°C, Wind N at 3 km/h, 75% Humidity.
The hottest city: Adelaide in Australia. Last January (remember that in Australia is summer), Adelaide was declared the hottest city in the world by the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization. However and in spite of the weather, it is the capital city of South Australia and the fifth-largest city in Australia.
The poorest city in the world is probably Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But it is the third largest urban area in Africa after Cairo and Lagos, with a 2013 population of over 9 million. Kinshasa is rated as one of Africa most dangerous cities in terms of crime, high as 112 homicides per 100,000. Yes, not good at all!
San Pedro Sula in Honduras is one of the worst cities in the world because in 2013 it had the highest murder rate on Earth. The city is located in the northwest corner of the country, with a population of 873,824 people in the main municipality.
One of the most polluted cities in the world is Ahwaz, in Western Iran. More than three million people, heavy industry, and capital of the Khuzestan Province, which produces most of Iran oil.
Ulan Bator in Mongolia is another really polluted city, because it is the center of Mongolia road network, and is connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system. However, more than 1 million people live there.
Speaking of cities vulnerable to earthquakes, we have: Istanbul in Turkey. It sits at the juncture of the African and the Eurasian tectonic plates. With a population of 14.1 million, the city forms one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe! Dangerous!
One of the most boring cities could be Singapore (also opinions are divided). Everything is clean and ruled. Many fines and expensive shops. More fines and more shops (Singapore is one of the expensive cities in the world too). If you are searching for an Asian lively city, better go to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo or Bangkok.
Dhaka in Bangladesh. It is known as the City of Mosques, and with 400,000 cycle-rickshaws running on its streets every day, the city is described as the Rickshaw Capital of the World. However, Dhaka has an estimated population of more than 15 million people. In my opinion: incredible!
Now it’s your turn. Tell us what is the worst city to live for you.