Why Nairobi Will Be Africa’s Best City

(The Nairobi’s New Skyline. Photo courtesy)

By Patrick Maina

According to many research carried out by international surveys, the findings shows that Nairobi city is soon becoming the best city in Africa.

Several research like Expatriates have ranked Nairobi as the best African city to work in and the 45th globally in a new cities survey, thanks to friendly residents and fair weather.

In the Expat City Ranking, Nairobi beat Johannesburg 59th and Cape Town 65th- both in South Africa – and both of which ranked in the lower half of the survey. Lagos in Nigeria was 79th — among the bottom 10 cities in the global survey whose findings were released last week.

Nairobi is also leading in Africa among liveable city in world ranking. It had been ranked 47th out of 72 cities in a similar survey carried out last year, meaning it has improved by two notches over that period.

Also, Nairobi’s English proficiency, according to the English Proficiency Index, is in the high proficiency band at 61.94 per cent, the highest for any African city at the time the survey was conducted.This Nairobi’s English proficiency has made Kenya also to grow and ranked second country in Africa in English speaking proficiency.

Africa – and both of which ranked in the lower half of the survey. Lagos in Nigeria was 79th — among the bottom 10 cities in the global survey whose findings were released last week.

The survey that was carried out by InterNations, the largest community for expats, noted that respondents had picked Nairobi for being easy to settle in, ranking it third worldwide in the respective index, just behind Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (first) and Manama in Bahrain (second).The ranking surveyed more than 20,000 respondents in 82 cities around the globe. InterNations has more than 3.5 million members. The latest survey analysed five areas of expatriate life — quality of urban towns, getting settled, work-life balance, finance, housing and cost of living, to reveal the likely city of choice for expats to move to in 2020.

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