With it’s fast-paced growth, never-ending entertainment, beaches, technological advancements and being a major financial centre in Africa, Lagos has been listed as the third most stressful city to live in the world.

In a study carried out by UK based company Zipjet, Nigeria’s largest city comes in third after Kabul, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq.

In its study, the company explored the world’s most stressful and least stressful cities to live in.

Why is Lagos stressful?

In compiling the list made up of a 150 cities, the Zipjet explored the general mental health of each city and examined the factors that made each city stressful to live in.

These factors considered in ranking the cities included debt per capita, density, gender equality, green spaces, mental health, physical health, pollution, public transport, unemployment, security and traffic. Interestingly, elements such as sunshine hours were considered.

The Managing Director of Zipjet, Florian Färber said on the company’s website the reason for the research was to call attention to stress being a trigger for mental health problems in cities.

“Mental health problems are on the rise worldwide, with stress being a trigger and contributing factor towards this increase. We hope that by pinpointing how the least stressful cities are managing this issue, those cities struggling with a stressed out population can overcome it,” Färber said.

Meanwhile on the list of stress-free cities, Stuttgart in Germany is number one while Luxembourg, Luxembourg and Hanover, Germany follow closely after.

What's it like to live in Lagos?

Lagos is a city that never sleeps. The people stay hustling and the infrastructure stays developing. Lagos state currently has a growing population of 21 million. Many of its residents come from other states and countries (all over the world) for job opportunities and to live a better life. The former capital of Nigeria is the second fastest-growing city in Africa and the seventh in the world. It is a commercial hub for the country.

As with other major cities all over the world, Lagos comes with expensive products, hours of traffic, expensive real estate, opulence in the midst of poverty but in all this, Nigerians are the sixth happiest people in Africa.