So, there are already several list on the internet of best cities for Blacks to live in but these time around we are raising the bar high. So imagine living directly in the capital city of any country, you choose to relocate to. Well our list is going to take a look at the 6 best capital cities for Blacks to live in.
In our list we always consider key factors for everything, so here are the factors we think you should look at before relocating;
If your security isn’t guaranteed in where ever you’ve chosen to relocate to, I think the best option would be to forgo that option. It won’t be a nice experience, if after relocating you get caught up in an unfriendly environment.
Even if our human mind would always want a bit of everything, there are just some things that are way off our budget. When choosing a new city to relocate to the cost of living should be among the first things to come to mind. From the price of houses down to transportation cost and even cost of money to be spent during leisure time, all this play a huge role in the selection of a new environment.
So for many the weather factor is actually one of the reasons for the change in environment, as they would like to experience a very different weather from their old environment.
In as much as it would be overlooked by some, the weather should play a huge role when determining a new city to relocate to. Let’s take for example, you live in an environment that experiences slight rainfall and minimal cold but when you relocate your new environment is all snowy and very chilly, you will have a hard time adjusting without catching a cold.
Back to our list, here are the 6 best capital cities for Blacks to live in, the list is in no particular order.
1. Nairobi, Kenya
With over 3 million people living in Nairobi, it has found its way to top of the ladder as one of the most liveable capital cities in the world. From the hustle and bustle in the day, down to the night time when this city comes alive experience an all day round lively environment as the city never sleeps. Schools here are one the best on the continent, the University of Nairobi ranks in the top 20 of the best schools on the continent. The average pay in this city is by far higher than those in other capital cities.
Although, living cost may seem a little bit on the high side, It is much more affordable than several other capital cities around the world. Ease of access around the city is poor but with UBER, it should be easy to get around.
Internet connection is one of the fastest in the world as it is a major tech hub for most most tech companies and Ease of doing business is rated one of the best on the continent.
The down side however, is the fact that it is mostly vulnerable to terrorist attacks aside that, it is a great city to relocate to. If you can cope with all it’s issue then, I feel Nairobi should be one the top destination on a bag packers mind.
2. Washington, DC, USA
The American seat of power takes a spot on our list, with it’s large black community Washington, D.C. is definitely a place for blacks. Situated in the United States, Washington, DC is a very busy city as it’s over 5 million population work round the clock.
Housing is very expensive compared to every other capital city on the list and ease of access is a big issue as the traffic is very brutal, so the best bet to go around the city would be to use a taxi hailing service like UBER, a bus or the metro.
The average household income is about 21 percent higher than the national average but the high tax rates will play a part in reducing it. The city is conservative in nature so there isn’t much of night life but there a lot of free museums scattered around the city.
Crime rate is low compared to other parts of America and Ease of doing business is on the high side. So if you’re introverted and conservative in nature then I think Washington, D.C. is the best place to settle down.
3. Kigali, Rwanda
Over 25 years after the Rwandan genocide that took a lot of lives, Rwanda has managed to move beyond the genocide and place it’s capital, Kigali as one of the best capital cities in Africa and the world in general. Recently, dubbed the cleanest and greenest city in Africa, Kigali has impressed a lot beyond the expectations of many.
Home to a growing number of start ups and tech company, the East African city has placed itself as one of the major economic hubs in Eastern Africa paddle along with it’s great Ease of doing business which is ranked second on the continent just after Mauritius.
Transportation in the city is fairly easy thanks to the taxi services by the government and private individuals and the matatus, which provide on the go comfort and relaxation for it’s users.
Although the after dark life isn’t one of the best in Kigali compared to other big cities on the list perhaps, it’s national museum could make up for that along with the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, which serves as a tribute to the lives lost and to keep the memory of the incident alive.
It’s a generally safe country with low crime rate and housing in Kigali quite affordable, even though some places in Kigali are very expensive to afford. The climatic conditions in Kigali is also great with more sunshine and less rain.
4. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Well if your dream is to work at an International Governmental Organization then Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is the right place for you.
Situated in Eastern Africa and dubbed the ‘New Flower City’ Addis Ababa is full of amazing things to do from visiting the National Museum to see, ‘Lucy’ our ancestor who was probably among the first humans or a night out in one of the numerous bars scattered around the capital, you could as well choose to pay homage to the very famous, Emperor Haile Selassie at his place of rest.
Crime in the city if Addis Ababa has increased over the years and from a once ancient and friendly city Addis Ababa to a notorious crime zone. Ease of access around the city is very easy, as the transportation system in Ethopia is well organised.
Education in the country is among the best in Eastern Africa and the countries premier university, Addis Ababa University is one of the best in the continent as it houses both local and and large population of International Students.
Cost of Living in Ethiopia generally is low compared it’s neighbors but areas, where there are International organizations are more expensive.
Ease of doing business in the country is on an average rate but nevertheless, it is one of the easiest countries to start a business in Eastern Africa.
Weather in the city is always all most sunny, so if you wouldn’t mind the sunny conditions pack your backs and head to Addis Ababa. Oh, and the people there in this city love arts and crafts a lot.
5. Abuja, Nigeria
The nations capital, Abuja is one of the few cities in West Africa to boast of extreme serenity and security as it houses both the President and the members of Parliament. Living in this city can be very expensive as it’s occupants are mostly high profile business men and those at the top echelon of government.
Cost of living in Abuja is high compared to it’s neighboring cities like Kaduna. Transportation around the city is very easy as there are little or no traffic jams at all most times, ride hailing service UBER is available alongside taxi service operated by the government and private individuals.
The after dark life in Abuja is considerably poor compared to other West African capitals like Accra in Ghana, Freetown in Sierra Leone and Banjul in the Gambia as most of its population seems reserved and conservative. Although, there are a few attractions that could catch the eye of a visitor like Zuma’s rock which can be seen from almost all angles of the city and the National Mosque, which is an edifice.
Job opportunities in this city is mostly from the government as there are little private owned establishment in the city of Abuja and ease of doing business is on a low as the country is rated among one of the worst places to start a business in Africa due to corruption.
If you aren’t bothered about this issues of this city and you enjoy a quiet and green environment, then this city might just be the right option for you.
6. Johannesburg, South Africa
Joburg or Jozi as it is fondly called by locals is probably Africa’s most active city just behind Lagos in Nigeria. The city has carved a space for itself in the world, as it houses most of the multi national companies on the continent.
Technology development in this city is growing at a fast rate and can only be compared to Nairobi in Kenya and Lagos in Nigeria. Night life here seems to be at it’s peak as there is always an event all week round from sporting activities like Rugby, Cricket to watching local teams like Orlando Pirates and Kazier Chiefs.
Transportation around the city could be much of headache, as there always traffic jams on the roads so it will best to head out very early. Crime in the city is on the high side, as I can gladly say that this the downside of this city.
Looking for a job in this city shouldn’t be much of a problem as there aren’t much of it’s over 4 million population that don’t depend on working for the government and private companies, as the city encourages entrepreneurship among it’s citizens.
Climatic conditions can switch up a bit, as there are constant sunshine from time to time and the city is usually warm with little sunshine. Getting a house is quite easy thanks to property site, property24.com.
The city has so many parks and tourist attractions for sight seeing. Cost of living is quite high but can be cut down by living on a low budget. Johannesburg has everything to offer from the beautiful and friendly people in this city to its endless opportunity it offers visitors.
So, whether it is Kigali in Rwanda, Abuja in Nigeria or Johannesburg in South Africa there are endless opportunities wherever you choose and these cities you among the best you could relocate to and live a great life. Other capital cities with notable mention include; Luanda in Angola, Accra in Ghana, Windhoek in Namibia, Gaborone in Botswana, Banjul in Gambia and Libreville in Gabon. Tell us which of these cities you love and would you visit and also which you would like to call a home 🏡, we are hoping to hear from you.