The iPod Index

by gailiute

Some interesting fact about cities/urbanisation/slums. Worth to know that cities started being ranked by iPod index :) (Ranking by burgers still valid, or not?)


“The iPod index: An average wage-earner in New York City or Zurich, Switzerland can buy an 8 GB Apple iPod Nano after nine hours of work. In contrast, it takes an average wage-earner in Mumbai, India 177 hours – nearly a month’s salary – to buy the same iPod (CityMayors)”

“Most expensive: Luanda, Angola is the most expensive big city in the world, according to Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey for 2010. Tokyo, Japan and Ndjamena, Chad rank second. This year’s survey of the world’s most expensive cities includes ten from Africa (CityMayors)”


“The urban population of the world’s two poorest regions, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, is expected to double over the next 20 years.”

“Rural-to-urban migration is just one of the three drivers of urbanisation, accounting for about 25 per cent of urban population growth. The other two factors are natural population increases and the reclassification of rural areas into urban ones (Commission of Growth and Development, 2009)”

(Source: The World Bank’s World Development Report 2009)


“Slums are often economically vibrant: today, about 85 per cent of all new employment opportunities around the world occur in the informal economy.”

“There is one toilet for every 500 people in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.”

(Source: UN-HABITAT State of the World’s Cities Report 2010-2011)