A new report shows that Lagos, Nigeria is one of the worst places to live in the world.

According to Mercer, the largest human resources consulting firm in the world, the megacity has the worst quality of living in 2018.

In the annual ranking, Lagos ranked low, coming at 212 on the list while Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius in East Africa is the highest ranking African city for quality of living (83).

The second African city on the list is Durban (89), followed by Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (95), all from South Africa.

Even lower than Lagos is N’Djamena (226), Khartoum (227) and Bangui (230) as a result of persistent political instability, poverty, extreme climates and lack of appropriate infrastructure investments.

Meanwhile, Vienna, the Capital of Austria has been ranked as the best place to live, followed by Zurich, Munich, Auckland, Vancouver, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. This is due to certain factors like climate, disease and sanitation standards, ease of communications, and physical remoteness.

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Why Lagos, Nigeria is one of the worst places to live in

The megacity has a population of over 21 million, which is a lot compared to the 1.868 million people living in Vienna, the place with the best quality of life for the 9th year running.

The over-congestion also explains why the state has a housing deficit, estimated at 2.5 million.

Lagos has over 21 million people
Lagos has over 21 million people

According to Mr Abiola Anifowose, the Lagos state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, the population is a major problem for the city.

In his words, "This status is not only challenging to housing provision but exerts pressure on infrastructure in the state. This administration is repositioning strategies of delivering decent and affordable housing units to the citizens of Lagos.

With this number of people living in one place, combined with the housing deficit, traffic, it is totally understandable that it might not have the best life has to offer.