The 20 Ugliest Cities in the World

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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What are the ugliest cities in the world?

Not just beautiful cities: the world is also full of cities considered "ugly" by the people of the Web.
But how do you rank the ugliest cities in the world? Is there an objective criterion? We don't think so: in this article we report the ranking extrapolated by combining what is found in different web review portals, where users' opinions are based on personal criteria such as poverty, crime, traffic, determine which are the ugliest cities in the World.

The result? A very special ranking, which might make you want to opt for other destinations...

20 - Guatemala City, Guatemala

City known for a high crime rate, more than a capital city, it actually looks like a shantytown: many buildings are completely abandoned. But security plays a fundamental role for tourist purposes: there are even areas that are strongly discouraged, while those considered "safe" are very few and limited.

19 - Guayaquil, Ecuador

This city is proposed as one of the commercial powers of Ecuador: in reality it is a concentrate of cement and pollution. Very popular with people passing through thanks to the country's largest port and a new international airport.

18 - Mexico City, Mexico

To date considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Mexico City discourages tourism both because of widespread crime and a lackof attractions to see.

Add to this a remarkable atmospheric disturbance.

17 - Bosaso, Somalia

Very populated city (it has about 700,000 inhabitants) but not at all welcoming: due to the civil war, many refugee camps currently host 50,000 people. Bosaso is the center of Somali piracy; in addition, boats carrying migrants, often illegally, frequently depart from the port.

16 - Huaxi Village, China

This time the main variable is not crime: according to many users this area of China is one of the ugliest in the world. Why? People here live in luxury, and the city represents a perfect mix between socialist collectivism and capitalism. Yes, because here all the people are shareholders of a very important holding company, but on one condition: they cannot leave. The approximately 400 families live in identical houses.

15 - Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

The capital of Papua New Guinea enters this special ranking due to the widespread lawlessness here and the numerous shootings: hence the private security service.

In addition, commercial growth has led the historic center to lose some of its characteristic bars and restaurants in favor of offices.

14 - Amman, Jordan

Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a very dirty and chaotic city. Add to this very ugly buildings, which seem to be built on top of each other.

13 - Luanda, Angola

Luanda has experienced a recent economic boom, perhaps the fastest in Africa, and it is hoped that this will lead to an improvement in the city: currently the landscape is made up of buildings on the verge of decay forming an almost ghostly skyline.

12 - Chisinau, Moldova

Still, the eye justifies the classification of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. An industrial city composed of Soviet-style buildings, many of which are decadent, it lacks strong attractions. Added to this is the severe damage the city suffered in 1977 due to a violent earthquake.

11 - Detroit, United States

The city has recently undergone an urban sprawl of its downtown, with results that are anything but captivating. Many areas are filled with abandoned buildings.

10 - Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Crime is once again a major factor discouraging tourists: in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, the level of danger is so high that residents and visitors are advised not to walk the streets after dark.

9 - Houston, United States

Another U.S. city in the ranking of the 20 ugliest cities in the world: this time it is Houston, one of the largest U.S. cities in terms of population but hit by a continuous impoverishment and avery high percentageof homeless people. The skyline has no regular shape either.

8 - Brisbane, Australia

This time we fly to Australia, to be exact to Brisbane: this city has evolved very quickly, but the construction has been done without aesthetic criteria. The result? Horrible skyscrapers and a totally inexpressive global landscape.

7 - Pripyat, Ukraine

This city reluctantly falls among the 20 ugliest cities in the world due to the notorious Chernobyl disaster: in Pripyat, now called "Ghost Town", there was the nuclear power plant whose reactor exploded scattering radiation, and the population was forced to leave their homes. Even today, no one has returned and the buildings and roads are no longer in use.

6 - Caracas, Venezuela

The Venezuelan capital has nothing attractive about it: not only is it surrounded by shantytowns, but the central districts seem to lack planning criteria and style.

5 - Sao Paulo, Brazil

A real confusion of skyscrapers is presented in Sao Paulo. Apart from that, the city is very crowded and traffic jams appear daily. As if that were not enough, São Paulo also has frequent floods and power outages, and the suburbs are full of slums.

4 - Calcutta, India

Despite the presence of an important business center, Calcutta is still rich in slums and shantytowns, from which the inhabitants do not want to leave despite repeated interventions by the authorities to improve the overall conditions.

3 - Jakarta, Indonesia

We enter the top three and we mention in the ranking of the 20 ugliest cities in the world also Jakarta, capital of Indonesia: it is a city with very high levels of pollution, with more than 600 factories that dump waste and sewage directly into the Citarum River, which crosses the metropolis. Even the traffic is always very heavy.

2 - Kangbashi, China

Another ghost town: it was supposed to be the center of those who wanted to exploit the coal mines, but it was practically deserted. Now it is even starting to collapse.

1 - Tijuana, Mexico

Mexico again in the ranking, and this time even in first position: Tijuana is the ugliest city in the world for being a very busy city with repeated episodes of violence.

The issue of migration has been alive for years, and in 1994 a wall that still today separates the city of San Diego, i.e. Mexico from the United States much more than symbolically. This wall is defined in Mexico as the"wall of shame".

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