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Aktau (Kazakh: Ақтау) is a city in the Kazakhstan, located on the east bank of the Caspian Sea. Its current name means "white mountain" in Kazakh, which may be due to its cliffs that overlook the Caspian. From 1964 to 1991 city was known as Shevchenko (Russian: Шевченко). Its former name was given due to the eponymous Ukrainian poet's period of exile in the area. It is located on the Mangyshlak Peninsula and is the capital of Mangystau Region. Aktau is known for its unique block address system. Almost all streets inside the city have no names, and addresses in Aktau generally consist of three numbers: the district number (also known as micro-region/micro-district/block), the building number, and the apartment number. This is because Aktau was originally planned as a camp for the workers of the oil industry.

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Facts and Stats for Aktau*

  • Pollution Statistics in Aktau

    Know the pollution level of Aktau before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 87.5 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 87.5 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 87.5 (Very High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 100 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 100 (Very High)
  • Aktau: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Aktau for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Aktau.

    • Burglary and Theft 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 66.67 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 66.67 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 80 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 29.17 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 70.83 (High)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 60 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 32.14 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 66.67 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 62.5 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 62.5 (High)
  • Living in Aktau - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 40.04 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 73.08 (High)
    • Pollution Index 100.86 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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