It is generally assumed that urban populations are healthier, more literate and more prosperous than rural populations. However, UN-HABITAT’s State of the World’s Cities Report 2006/7 has broken new ground by showing that the urban poor suffer from an urban penalty:
Slum dwellers in developing countries are as badly off if not worse off than their rural relatives.
Other titles in the State of the World's Cities Series:
Globalization and Urban Culture: 2004/2005
Harmonious Cities: 2008/2009
Cities for All: Bridging the Urban Divide: 2010/2011
Prosperity of Cities: 2012/2013