Johannesburg is Africa's most popular city for youth but Lagos is for its entrepreneurs

Johannesburg’s Nelson Mandela Square (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

The 2015 YouthfulCities Index this week named Johannesburg as the “most popular African city” overall for young people aged 15-29. Johannesburg outclassed its continental counterparts – Lagos, Casablanca and Nairobi.

The index, running for the second year, tracks the perceptions of youth on 20 attributes – ranging from creativity, employment, safety and entrepreneurship.

Africa is young. Over 40% of Africa’s working age population is between the age of 15 and 24, making Africa the youngest continent in the world. Consistent with this trend, is rapid urbanization – the majority of African young people live in cities.

Read more: Johannesburg is Africa’s most popular city for youth but Lagos is for its entrepreneurs – Quartz.

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