Karachi declared the 5th worst city in the world. Karachi is amongst the worst cities to live in currently owing to poor stability, healthcare, culture, environment and infrastructure.
This determined by the Economist Intelligence Unit in its annual Global Livability Index 2022, which published on Thursday.
The EIU defined livability as the best or the worst living conditions. It assessed based on benchmarking perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages.
The index ranked cities for relative comfort over 30 qualitative and quantitative indicators across five broad categories including stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure, culture and environment.
A survey for the ranking was held between February 14 and March 13 this year.
Stability included indicators such as the prevalence of petty and violent crimes, threat of terror activities and military conflict and threats of other civil unrest or conflict. Stability accounted for 25% weight in the entire ranking
Healthcare, which accounted for 20% of the total score, included availability of private healthcare and its quality, availability and quality of public healthcare, availability of medicines over-the-counter and other general healthcare indicators.
According to the index, Karachi was ranked 168 amongst 173 cities with an index score of 37.5. This placed Karachi squarely in the middle of the bottom 10 cities of the world on the index.
It primarily suffered due to poor stability and healthcare.
It had a stability score of 20, at par with that of Lagos and Damascus. Its healthcare score was 33.3, which was better than that of Dhaka (29.2) and even Douala, Cameroon, both cities which sat several ranks above Karachi.