Surprise! The largest and most populated cities in China are the least livable.
Zhang Wen and his team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently released a report ranking 40 different Chinese municipalities and provincial capitals from most to least livable.
The researchers rated the cities with a “Urban Habitability Index,” which factored in the safety, public infrastructure, security, environmental health and transportation convenience of each city.
And the winners are:
If you dont live in one of these five cities, no worries. It turns out, most of China is quite unlivable. The average rating for all 40 cities is just 59.92 out of 100.
But here are the five worst:
One of the main reasons for Beijing’s last place ranking is due to smog. From 2009 to 2015, Beijing’s environmental health score dropped from 70.01 to 45.52. Doesn’t that score just make you want to go out and take a refreshing morning jog?
Anyway, at least Shanghai isn’t one of the most unlivable five. We’ll take our rightful place as the 101st most livable city in the world, thank you very much.
By Sarah Lin