The Economist Intelligence Unit has dubbed Harare, Zimbabwe, one of the least liveable cities in 2019. The annual report observes the world’s cities and categorises them according to “most liveable”, “least liveable” and “most improved”, among other categories.
The research considered factors such as the economy, traffic congestion, infrastructure, conflict and access to health care. According to the report, those that dominate the top of the list are medium-sized cities in very wealthy countries.
What the world’s cities all have in common, regardless of their status on the list, is the climate crisis. Responses to the problem depended on the strength of the city, with those in emerging markets the least able to react to the crisis.
At the top of the list of most liveable cities is Austria’s Vienna, with Australia’s Adelaide at number 10. Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, is at number 134 of the least liveable cities, with Syria’s Damascus at 140.