Top 25 Most Liveable Cities In Africa, 2018

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Mauritius capital Port Louis has been named the Africa’s best city to live in 2018, and other Southern African cities continue to dominate the top of the list.

While Bangui in Central African Republic was ranked the worst city to live in Africa. (click link to see worst ranking African countries)

Most Liveable Cities In Africa, 2018

Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey compared 231 major metropolises, examining factors such as crime, healthcare, education, public services, recreation, housing and personal freedom.

The harbour city beat the likes of Durban (89), Capetown (94) and Johannesburg (95) in Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey.

Victoria in Seychelles is also the highest ranking east African city on the list. Making it the most liveable city in East Africa.

Also Dakar, Senegal is the most liveable city in west Africa, followed by Gabon and Ghana

According to Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey. African cities though challenged by economic and political turmoil, are catching up with top ranking cities following decades of investing in infrastructure, recreational facilities and housing in order to attract talent and multinational businesses.

Below Are The Top 10 Most Liveable Cities In Africa, 2018

1. Port Louis, Mauritius
2. Durban, South Africa
3. Cape Town, South Africa
4. Johannesburg, South Africa
5. Victoria, Seychelles
6. Tunis, Tunisia
7. Windhoek, Namibia
8. Gaborone, Botswana
9. Lusaka, Zambia
10. Dakar, Senegal

Other African cities in the list include:

11 Libreville, Gabon
12. Accra, Ghana
13. Kampala, Uganda
14. Cairo, Egypt
15. Blantyre, Malawi
16. Cotonou, Benin
17. Maputo, Mozambique
18. Algiers, Algeria
19. Banjul, Gambia
20. Nairobi, Kenya
21. Djibouti, Djibouti
22. Kigali, Rwanda
23. Yaounde, Cameroon
24. Douala, Cameroon

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Mercer evaluates local living conditions in more than 450 cities surveyed worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories:

Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.).

• Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services).

• Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom).

• Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc.).

• Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools).
• Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion, etc.).

• Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc.).

• Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc.).

• Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services).

• Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters).

Note: This ranking indicates differences in quality of living factors affecting expatriates in popular assignment destinations and should not be used as the basis for determining hardship premiums.

Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.


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