Top 10 Most Depressing Cities to Live In

This list is not top 10 worst cities to live in, but the top 10 most bleakest, most depressing cities to live in. The facilities and services in these cities may not be necessarily bad, or the cities may not necessarily be dirty, some factors taken into consideration are blandness, pollution, and overall how depressing the landscape of the city is

The Top Ten

1 Pyongyang, North Korea Pyongyang, North Korea

This one is pretty self-explanatory. You can see the brainwashed-ness of its residents very easily, and the notoriously huge Ryugyong hotel, around the smaller bland buildings, just shows how depressing it is. And most buildings are designed in such a way that there are almost no facilities and features on the inside and a lot of detail is given to the outside. - styLIShT

Where Satan goes to find that his job has already been done for him.

2 Norilsk, Russia Norilsk, Russia

This city was one of the biggest Gulag concentration camps in the 1930s and 1940s.
The Russian government overcapitalised on the minerals found in this city such that the average evening landscape in Norilsk is similar to the landscape you see in post-apocalyptic doomsday horror movies.

Also, Norilsk inhabitants have an average life expectancy 11 years less than the average Russian life expectancy. Most people living there do so only because they can earn a decent amount of money by working in the Norilsk mines. Moreover, about 2.1% of the world's Carbon emissions is released solely by Norilsk. This is surely one of the most depressing cities in the world to live in. - styLIShT

3 Pripyat, Ukraine Pripyat, Ukraine

The saddest part is that when nearly all its residents were evacuated, the business going on in the city was just left as it is, untouched. Currently, if you go there and see the schools, you will see dates ending with 1984 on blackboards, things have just been left exactly like that. - styLIShT

Most residents in this city were forced to evacuate due to a nearby nuclear spillage, this city is filled with bland and depressing buildings and the pollution levels are insane. - styLIShT

4 Yakutsk, Russia Yakutsk, Russia

Yakutsk is like a cold version of hell. Around 210,000 people live in this city, in minus 50 degrees celsius. The main reason why people live is to work in the Yakutsk Gold mines. - styLIShT

5 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

The plague that at the beginning of the 1980s hit the world has left the deepest scar in this city. HIV/AIDS has infected thousands of inhabitants, and every year it infects 115 thousand more. Port Moresby is the first in the world by level of contamination in proportion to the number of inhabitants.

However, this is not the only problem of this city. Although the rate of contamination is high, as capital city of this poor country, it offers people the greatest hope for life. What an irony. Therefore, thousands and thousand of people have flooded the city, AIDS spreads rapidly along with crime and unemployment. - styLIShT

6 Damascus, Syria Damascus, Syria
7 Dhaka, Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh

At first sight industrialisation is a way out of poverty for some cities, but when it is made quickly and without control, the consequences are dreadful. The capital city of Bangladesh was extremely poor until a few years ago, devastated by wars and natural disasters, like the earthquake which took thousands of lives and millions of houses. However, Dhaka is now in better condition due to industrialisation which occupied the city, but it is also horribly polluted.

By rate of pollution, Dhaka is probably the most polluted place in the world, and millions of tons of waste are thrown into the rivers, which made them lethal to anyone who accidentally steps in them. - styLIShT

8 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
9 Linfen, China Linfen, China

The inhabitants of the Chinese industrial city of Linfen lead a dreadful life. This city is so covered with dust that it is always dark. The sun can not get through the thick layer of dust which creates 50 million of carbon a year. However, like in the case of Port Moresby, people live there because there have no other place to find a proper job. - styLIShT

10 La Oroya, Peru La Oroya, Peru

It is pretty much a fact that the world's most depressing cities are mining cities. La Oroya is the perfect example.

Imagine every shade of grey and brown you can think of and combine them in nothing but rectangles. Now place it in the middle of even more grey and brown. That is what La Oroya looks like.
Due to some very intricate and unique smelting methods that are going on in La Oroya, the city is so polluted that it regularly features on the list of world’s most polluted places. We are talking pollution that might even put serious Soviet-grade pollution to shame. - styLIShT

The Contenders

11 Mosul, Iraq
12 Kangbashi, China Kangbashi, China

Kangbashi was designed to hold people attracted by a coal mining boom in China’s interior. The boom didn't take place and far fewer people moved to the area than expected. As a result, an entire city stands nearly empty.

There are playgrounds and apartment buildings, community centers and hospitals. Museums and government facilities wait for visitors who never arrive. No children go to the schools. No workers wait for buses on the many fully built roads and highways. The buildings too, are bland and have a mass-produced feel to it. - styLIShT

13 Chisinau, Moldova Chisinau, Moldova

There are plenty of cities in the former Soviet Union that are depressing. There are even more that are just plain boring. Some of them are really rundown while others struggle with too many people living in them. Well, Chisinau, the capital of Moldova has a bit of everything.

It is literally a whole bunch of space, lined by insanely depressing and bland government buildings. - styLIShT

14 Auburn, Washington, United States Auburn, Washington, United States

I've been to the place. It's actually kind of nice. - Cyri

15 Kabul, Afghanistan
16 Saint Petersburg, Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia

This city is not depressing.

17 Oświęcim, Poland
18 Aleppo, Syria
19 Toledo, Ohio, United States
20 Detroit, Michigan, United States Detroit, Michigan, United States
21 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia.
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Top Remixes

1. Pyongyang, North Korea
2. Pripyat, Ukraine
3. Damascus, Syria
1. Norilsk, Russia
2. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
3. Linfen, China


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