Least habitable city
30.7 point(s)
Syrian Arab Republic (Damascus)

Based on the Economist's Global Liveability Index for 2019, Damascus in Syria was deemed the Least Liveable City, scoring 30.7 points. The Index assesses more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five key areas – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure – and awards a score out of 100. Damascus remains the least habitable city, following years of devastation as a result of Syria's civil war.

According to the 2019 report, the cities that score the highest have "well-funded public healthcare systems, compulsory and high-quality education, and functional road and rail infrastructure. The provision of these services is assisted by the presence of fully democratic electoral systems and generally low levels of corruption." Damascus scored 20 out of 100 for "Stability", 29.2 for "Healthcare", 40.5 for "Culture and Environment", 33.3 for "Education" and 46.4 for "Infrastructure". Joining Damascus at the bottom of the list are Dhaka in Bangladesh (39.2) and Lagos in Nigeria (38.5).