The least liveable cities in the world may not the first place an investor may look to buy, but who ever said conventional wisdom is the best wisdom?
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey recently ranked the world's cities based on a number of factors including educatinon, culture, stability and infrastructure.
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While many Australian cities ended up in the top 10 - Melbourne topped the list - an analysis of the bottom 10 on the list gives an insight into living costs in war torn and unstable countries.
The Economist's survery did not include the absolute worst of the worst, just cities or business centres that people might feasibly want to live in or visit. So it does not include cities like Kabul in Afghanistan or Baghdad in Iraq, both in the grip of conflict.
Conflict is generally found to be the primary reason for the position of the bottom ranked cities.
"Threat of armed conflict will not just cause disruption in its own right, it will also damage infrastructure, overburden hospitals, and undermine the availability of goods, services and recreational activities," the report says.
Africa and Asia are home to all 13 cities in the bottom tier, with violence from crime, civil insurgency, terrorism or war playing a strong role in keeping them at the bottom of the pack.
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