People often say a city is defined by its inhabitants, so what happens when you take the people away?

Citybase Apartments has put together an infographic in conjunction with Digitaloft that explores 15 abandoned towns and cities around the world.

The infographic includes a short biography for each location and the reason behind its barrenness.

Business Insider used the research to put together a list of 15 eerie abandoned cities around the world that are real-life ghost towns.

Including sites that have been evacuated, rendered useless, or were never inhabited in the first place, scroll down to discover some of the spookiest, most deserted places around the globe.