Phnom Penh ranked one of the top worst cities to live in the world
Posted On : November, 29, 2013 | By សំឡេងទីក្រុង

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In 2012 the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) partnered with Buzz Data to host a competition to let users combine data from their Worldwide Cost of Living and Liveability survey to create a ranking of their own. The winner was the “Spatially Adjusted Livability Index” which concentrates on spatial characteristics such as green space, cultural assets, sprawl and pollution.  According to this index, Phnom Penh came out in the bottom 4 worst cities to live in.

Livability of course is subjective; some people may love living in the cities ranked the worst, and some may hate living in cities ranked the best.  Interestingly though, many of the characteristics used in the Spatially Adjusted Livability Index such as green space, pollution and natural assets are things that our Urban Voice Team have heard from Phnom Penh residents as issues they see in their city and need improving.

The top 5 worst cities and top 5 best cities to live in are as follows:

Worst 5 cities

  1. Tehran (Iran)
  2. Nairobi (Kenya)
  3. Lusaka (Zambia)
  4. Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  5. Karachi (Pakistan)

Best 5 cities

  1. Hong Kong
  2. Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  3. Osaka (Japan)
  4. Paris (France)
  5. Sydney (Australia)

For more information go to:

Top 10 Best and Worst Cities to Live

Best Cities Ranking and Report from the Economist Intelligence Unit

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