The Top 20 Dirtiest Cities in the World

Although the world has gone through some amazing technological advancements, where every individual seems to play their part in cleaning the world.

However, to our surprise, there are still some top 20 dirtiest cities in the world that never fall short when it comes to dirt.

1. Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

Moscow is called as the business center of Russia. However, it is still one of the dirtiest cities in the world because of the lack of clean running water and the highest poor air quality index.

Due to the increased level of industrialization in the city, the residents are suffering to find the sources of clean water which are further imposing a number of health issues.

2. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou is the largest city in Burkina Faso which is suffering from bad air quality because of the overall garbage disposal activities.

According to the World Health Organization, the pollution in the air quality of the city has tripled over the decade because of the current practices which are being deployed.

3. Bamako, Mali

Bamako, Mali

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Bamako is labeled as one of the dirtiest cities in the world because of the mix of urban pollution and improper sanitation procedures.

Since the city consists of the population who has moved from rural areas to urban areas, therefore, these people are responsible for practicing the procedure which is not all beneficial for the cleanliness of the city thus making it the dirtiest one.

4. Pointe Noire, Congo

Pointe Noire, Congo

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Pointe Noire is part of the poorest cities in the world that is dealing with the issues of waste management and proper sanitation opportunities.

Due to the lack of system, all the dirt and waste of the city are dumped under the river which further leads to different health problems.

5. Lome, Togo

Lome, Togo

The city of Lome is known for its high level of dirt and improper waste management which is causing several problems for the residents of the city.

The people of Lome are living without proper sanitation, clean water, and extensive floods of garbage.

6. Niamey, Niger

Niamey, Niger

Niamey is the city in the world which is known for the lowest life expectancy because of the level of pollution in the city.

According to WHO the average life expectancy for men is 35 whereas for females it is 36. Niamey is called as the cesspool of pollution.

7. Luanda, Angola

Luanda, Angola

Luanda is the dirtiest city in the world with extremely poor water quality and sadly the residents are forced to consume the same water because of the improper arrangement by the management of the city.

The water usually consisted of the high-level of chlorine which is deemed to be highly harmful to human health.

8. Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo is included in the list of one of the populated cities in the world but still, it severely lacks the proper solid waste management procedures which are responsible for creating the lineups of garbage on the roadside.

The city also lacks the proper sanitation systems which are making the air condition worse day by day.

9. New Delhi, India

New Delhi, India

Although New Delhi is called as one of the largest business hubs in the world since the city is highly populated, it is called as the dirtiest city.

The Rivers of the city are mixed with the sewage systems which have already killed the marine life. Now the drinking water is being mixed with the drinking water.

10. Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Port Harcourt, Nigeria


Port Harcourt in Nigeria is the smallest city but consists of the biggest waste disposal problem that has polluted the entire city.

All the rivers of Nigeria are highly contaminated and are harmful to human health.

11. Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku is one of the ideal travel destinations for many people.

However, very few people are aware of the fact that city is once called as the Black city because of the richest oil mining field which has also made the water highly contaminated and harmful for the human consumption, because of the very same reason, the air quality in the city is highly bad.

12. Linfen, China

Linfen, China

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No doubt China is one of the developed countries in the world. However, when it comes to the Linfen then, it is labeled as one of the most polluted cities because of the extensive coal mining activities.

Back in 2007, the city was labeled as one of the polluted ones with the highest lung cancer cases reported.

13. Dzerzhinsk, Russia

Dzerzhinsk, Russia

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Dzerzhinsk Russia is one of the cities in the world which is known for carrying the most toxic chemicals which are highly and incredibly dangerous for human beings.

Because of the very same reason, life expectancy in the city is very low.

14. Ahvaz, Iran

Ahvaz, Iran

In 2011, Ahvaz Iran was called as one of the highly polluted cities in the world by WHO.

The city consists of the bad air quality which is backed by the illegal oil-mining operations, improper sewage system, and a lot of other factors that severely contributed to the bad air quality.

15. Port Au Prince, Haiti

Port Au Prince, Haiti

Before 2010, the Port Au Prince, Haiti was one of the oldest vacation spots for many people because of its beauty and eye-catching outlook.

After the earth quick, the country went into an extreme crisis which imposed poor sanitation, and inadequate resources for the humans. Because of the same reason, the city is called one of the dirtiest in the world.

16. Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka Bangladesh is one of the densely populated cities in the world with more than 12 million people.

Despite being the business hub for most of the largest brands in the world, the city is called as the dirtiest one.  More than ½ of the population of Bangladesh is unable to have access to clean drinking water or sewerage system because of the poor management practices in the city.

17. Sukinda, India

Sukinda, India

Sukinda is one of the biggest mining capitals of India and consists of the largest population.

The city is called the dirtiest one because the entire mining procedure has made the entire water polluted and made it harmful for human consumption.

18. Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo, Madagascar

It would come as a shock to many people as Antananarivo Madagascar is on the top of the tourist’s list. The city is famous all around the world for some amazing vacation spots.

However, it is still called one of the dirtiest cities in the world because of the poor level of air and water pollution which is further backed by industrialization in the city.

19. Ludhiana, India

Ludhiana, India

Just like Mexico, Ludhiana in India is one of the largest cities in India with a huge number of industries.

Ludhiana is called the manufacturing hub of India and because of the same reason, it consists of the worst air quality that is extremely harmful to humans.

20. Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

For a year now, Mexico city is known for its excessively thick smog which is responsible for worsening the overall air quality in the city.

The city is densely populated in terms of people and also in terms of industrialization which is contributing to the bad air quality daily.

No doubt that the above-mentioned cities are the top dirtiest cities in the world. However, the overall situation could be improved if all the individuals could start playing their parts to make their surroundings clean and better.

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