Johannesburg is the best place for young people in Africa, according to the 2015 Youthful Cities Index, which recently found Joburg to be “the most popular city” in Africa overall for young people aged between 15 and 29.
The index is compiled by Youthful Cities, a Canadian-based organisation that collects data through a survey conducted among 10 000 youths between the ages of 15 and 29 throughout the globe. In its second year, the index surveyed youths in 55 world cities, with New York taking pole position, followed by London, Berlin and San Francisco in second, third and fourth positions respectively.
Johannesburg was ranked the best African city for the youth, ranking highly particularly in terms of diversity, fashion and public space. Overall, Johannesburg ranked 35th on the list of 55 surveyed world cities. Ratings are based on 20 key attributes, including economic status, employment opportunities, digital access, culture and affordability.
The latest recognition comes after a series of similar accolades over the past year. Last year MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index ranked Johannesburg as the most-visited city in Africa for the second year running, followed by Cape Town.
Prominent arts publisher Phaidon released a book titled Art Cities of the Future that named Johannesburg as one of 12 cities that will shake up the art world in the 21st century.
The Wall Street Journal also featured Joburg as one of the world’s “Four Emerging Art Cities You Should Know”.
Johannesburg has also been rated the second most inspiring city in the world by Good magazine’s annual Good City Index, just behind Hong Kong. Despite the challenges Johannesburg faces, the magazine describes the City as “good at finding new, sometimes unorthodox ways to fix itself, like freeing owls in the townships and starting a youth photography skills development programme called ‘I wasshot in Joburg’.”