If peace and quietness mean waking up to the calming sounds of birds in the morning, strolling home past flowers and trees, and driving without being stuck in traffic for hours, then no country on the list of the most stressful cities to live in Africa should be on your agenda.
Some time ago, Zipjet, a recognized mental health organization, studied the mental health of over 500 African cities.
Zipjet took into account all of the primary stressors in order to determine the top ten most stressful cities to live in Africa.
These primary stressors consisted of public transportation, security, traffic, unemployment, pollution, density, and some environmental issues.
The result of the study made researchers come to the conclusion that the countries below are some of the most stressful cities to live in Africa.
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Cairo, Egypt
- Dakar, Senegal
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Casablanca, Morocco
- Algiers, Algeria
- Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Mogadishu, Somali
- Addis Ababa
1. Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos is Nigeria’s financial hub, generating over 50% of Nigeria’s port revenues and accounting for over 80% of the country’s foreign trade flows.
This, combined with high levels of traffic and poor infrastructure, makes Lagos top the list of the most stressful cities to live in Africa.
Lagos public transportation is insufficient, and the sight of smoke billowing from the numerous yellow buses plying the streets can be a nightmare most times.
The city has the largest debt per capita and the highest unemployment rate (9.34 out of ten).
It has a population density of 7.64 people per square kilometer, little green space, and is ranked last in terms of security.
With a score of 9.21, the average Lagosian spends 3 hours stuck in traffic.
Where social security is nearly non-existent as is purchasing power, it compensates for its weaknesses by being the city with the least amount of noise pollution and steadily improving its public transportation system to serve a population of over 23.5 million people.
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2. Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt’s largest city and the primary center for economic production and financial control, is known for being an expensive place to live.
The city ranks second on the list of the most stressful cities to live in Africa due to high levels of air pollution, traffic gridlock, poor infrastructure, and overpopulation.
3. Dakar, Senegal
As a hub for intercontinental air traffic, Dakar has the second largest port in West Africa and offers very good conditions for committing to the region.
The city enjoys political stability, geographic proximity to Europe, and quality reception infrastructures, positioning it as the regional hub for business tourism.
Dakar ranks third position on the list of the most stressful cities to live in Africa.
4. Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi is Eastern and Central Africa’s indisputable transit center and the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg.
The city is one of Africa’s most important business centers, with major firms and international organizations establishing regional offices here.
The city is great for business, but it’s a nightmare to live in comfortably.
5. Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and the economic and business hub of the country. Its culture is mixed with French, Arab and Jewish influences.
The Casablanca Stock Exchange is the largest stock exchange in North Africa, and the city encompasses the wealthiest and most sophisticated parts of Moroccan life, style, and architecture.
Due to its growing population, urban traffic congestion, air pollution, and density, it ranks fifth on the list of the most stressful cities in Africa.
6. Algiers, Algeria
In recent years, Algiers has experienced its fair share of insecurity as a result of terrorist activity in the North African country.
Its high levels of noise pollution and traffic, which takes an average of 1.5 hours to travel 1.5 miles, are not unrelated to its population density.
Algiers has the best social security of the cities on the list, and its public health and mental health make it a city that lives on welfare.
6. Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
With a population density of 1.97 and green vegetation, you may breathe clean air with a pollution rate of 7.28, which is second only to Nairobi.
Although debt per capita is high (8.82), mental health difficulties are uncommon, and social security and family purchasing power are lower than in many other African countries.
People are not wealthy, yet they can live comfortably. Most people do not need to hunt for a white-collar work because of agriculture’s subsistence and commercial quantities. The flow of traffic is also predictable.
8. JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa is on the list due to its poor mental health record, high suicide rate, and public transportation that makes navigating the gorgeous metropolis simpler.
However, with a cumulative total of 9.70, the jobless rate is among the highest in the country.
It is one of the most stressful cities on the continent, with air pollution of 8.70, racial conflicts, health sector decline, and mental health issues.
9. Mogadishu, Somali
Somalia’s capital is Mogadishu with a population of almost 6 million inhabitants, it is Somalia’s most populated city.
Mogadishu is Somalia’s industrial and financial center, as well as the country’s corporate hub.
Mogadishu is overcrowded, has heavy traffic, and an inadequate public transportation system, hence making it one of the most stressful cities to live in Africa.
10. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital with a population of 4.6 million people, is the 7th most stressful city in Africa. The city has a high level of traffic and pollution that contributes to its stress levels.
For the most part, African cities are pretty safe. However, the intense traffic and crowded public transportation systems of some African cities mean a constant battle to get through each day.
It’s not surprising that these are the most stressed-out cities in Africa. However, even those who live in sparsely populated areas will still face challenges on a daily basis.