According to the 2023 Global Liveability report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Lagos has been ranked as the fourth worst city to live in worldwide. The survey analyzed 173 cities and considered 30 factors across five categories, including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
Lagos surpassed Algiers, Tripoli, and Damascus to secure its position on the list. The EIU noted improvements in healthcare and education in Lagos but highlighted that corruption remains a concern. In the previous year’s ranking, Lagos held the second-worst spot for two consecutive years, with Damascus occupying the top position due to social unrest, terrorism, and conflict.
The report mentioned that even cities at the bottom of the rankings, such as Lagos and Algiers, have shown progress, benefiting from increased public funding for infrastructure and public services. Additionally, the decline in COVID-19 cases has contributed to their advancements.
Vienna and Copenhagen maintained their positions as the most liveable cities, attributed to their exceptional combination of stability, robust infrastructure, quality education and healthcare services, and abundant cultural and entertainment offerings. Melbourne, Sydney, and Vancouver secured the third, fourth, and fifth spots, respectively.