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Worst cities to live in, according to Mercer (photos)

Mercer HR consultancy company data

Every year Mercer, one of the world’s top Human Resources (HR) consultancy companies its quality of life Index, providing details on the quality of life in cities around the globe. On the opposite side of the spectrum are those places that would be the worst places to lice in. Looking at 450 cities across the world, Mercer takes into account the following metrics to judge which cities made the list for the best quality of life — which therefore shows what it feels are the best and worst:
Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement)
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)
Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools)
Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion)
Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure)
Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars)
Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services)
Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)

Here are 10 of the worst cities to live in:

1. Baghdad, Iraq


2. Bangui, Central African Republic


3. Sana’a, Yemen


4. Port Au Prince, Haiti


5. Khartoum, Sudan


6. N’Djamena, Chad


7. Damascus, Syria


8. Brazzaville, Congo


9. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo


10. Conakry, Guinea Republic