Karachi ranked 918th out of the world’s top 1,000 cities

Karachi was ranked 918th, while Islamabad and Lahore placed 578th and 878th respectively, in the Global Cities Index by Oxford Economics. The list, led by New York and London, evaluated 1,000 urban economies based on 27 indicators across five categories: Economics, Human Capital, Quality of Life, Environment, and Governance.

Islamabad scored the highest among Pakistani cities in Quality of Life with a score of 772. Karachi, however, received low scores in Human Capital (612), Quality of Life (851), Environment (917), and Governance (874). London ranked first overall, with Dubai in 6th place. The bottom city was Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Oxford Economics recently published their Global Cities Index, ranking 1,000 cities worldwide based on various factors. New York and London topped the list. Pakistani cities were ranked much lower, with Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and economic hub, placed 918th. This low ranking was due to poor performance in several key areas. Karachi’s scores were particularly low in Quality of Life (851), Environment (917), and Governance (874). Its Human Capital score was somewhat better at 612 but still not very high compared to other cities.

Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, performed better than other Pakistani cities and ranked 578th. It scored the highest among Pakistani cities in Quality of Life with 772. This indicates that, despite challenges, Islamabad offers a relatively better living standard compared to other Pakistani cities.

Lahore, another major city in Pakistan, was ranked 878th. Like Karachi, Lahore faces several issues affecting its ranking. The index by Oxford Economics evaluated cities based on five categories: Economics, Human Capital, Quality of Life, Environment, and Governance, using 27 different indicators to provide a comprehensive view of each city’s strengths and weaknesses.

Globally, London ranked as the number one city overall, performing well across all categories. Dubai also did well, securing the 6th position. Sultanpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India, was ranked the lowest among all 1,000 cities assessed.

The Global Cities Index highlights the challenges faced by Pakistani cities in urban development and governance. While there are areas of strength, such as Islamabad’s relatively high Quality of Life score, there is significant room for improvement in other areas, particularly in Karachi and Lahore.

This ranking serves as a wake-up call for policymakers and city planners in Pakistan to address these issues and work towards improving living conditions and overall performance of their cities on a global scale.

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