The World’s Most Dangerous Cities, Venezuela’s Caracas among the most dangerous


When planning your next trip, you may want to avoid some of the cities we’re about to mention. In 2017, they ranked among the world’s most dangerous places on the basis of murder cases per capita.

Los CabosMexico is the most dangerous city in the world with a murder rate of 111.33 per 100,000 people. This city’s position on the list of the world’s most dangerous cities is indicative of the increase in crime that Mexico has experienced over the last year. In 2017 and 2018, the resort town of Los Cabos has made headlines news for a string of alarming murders. The majority of the violence in Los Cabos has mostly been related to the drug trade, and tourists have not been the target. Nonetheless, the instances of violence are still drastic, and have earned the popular vacation destination a spot on the top of the list of the world’s most dangerous cities.

CaracasVenezuela, is the second most dangerous city in the world. With 111.19 murders per 100,000 people, it formerly claimed the top spot. In third place is Acapulco, Mexico, with 106.63 murders per 100,000 people. Violence brought on by drug trafficking and organized gangs have been blamed for the relentless violence in these cities, although the factors are generally quite complicated. Unfortunately, none of these cities are strangers to the top three positions, except for maybe the resort town of Acapulco, which violence from other regions of the country has been spilling into in recent years.

The Most Dangerous Cities in the United States

Four cities in the United States are counted the among the world’s most dangerous. The cities are, in descending order of homicide rates, St. Louis, Missouri (65.83), Baltimore, Maryland (55.48), New Orleans, Louisiana (40.10) and Detroit, Michigan (39.69). In the United States, the relaxed laws surrounding gun ownership is often subject of much debate. In the United States, gun violence is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths nationwide annually.

One city that is a notable omission from the list is Chicago. Although the city of Chicago has had a reputation for crime in recent years, its homicide rate is 27.22 murders per 100,000 residents. It is important to note that although the city of Chicago experienced an overall decrease in violent crime in the early 2000s, as of the 2010s crime again seems to be on an incline. A full report of the most dangerous cities in the United States can be found here.

Latin American Cities

Of the entries on this list, many cities can be found in a region of the world known as Latin America. Latin America generally refers to countries in Central and South America, where the predominant language is Spanish (or in the case of Brazil, Portuguese). The factors for the dominance of these countries are varied and complicated. Violence related to drug trafficking and income inequality, corrupt politicians and officials, and residue from a history of brutal colonialism have all been indicated as factors that encourage violence.

South African Cities

Of this list provided of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world by violent crime rate, three cities in South Africa make the list: Cape Town (62.25), Durban (38.12), and Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) (37.53). South Africa, which inhabits the southernmost point of the massive African continent, has often garnered publicity for its high crime rates, including murder rates. Factors such as high unemployment rates and systemic racism have all been blamed for the violent trends in South African cities.

The 50 Most Dangerous Cities

Rank City Country Homicide Rate (Per 100,000)
1 Los Cabos Mexico 111.33
2 Caracas Venezuela 111.19
3 Acapulco Mexico 106.63
4 Natal Brazil 102.56
5 Tijuana Mexico 100.77
6 La Paz Mexico 84.79
7 Fortaleza Brazil 83.48
8 Ciudad Victoria Mexico 83.32
9 Ciudad Guyana Venezuela 80.28
10 Belem Brazil 71.38
11 Vitoria da Conquista Brazil 70.26
12 Culiacan Mexico 70.10
13 St. Louis United States 65.83
14 Maceio Brazil 63.94
15 Cape Town South Africa 62.25
16 Kingston Jamaica 59.71
17 San Salvador El Salvador 59.06
18 Aracaju Brazil 58.88
19 Feira de Santana Brazil 58.81
20 Ciudad Juárez Mexico 56.16
21 Baltimore United States 55.48
22 Recife Brazil 54.96
23 Maturin Venezuela 54.43
24 Guatemala City Guatemala 53.49
25 Salvador Brazil 51.58
26 San Pedro Sula Honduras 51.18
27 Valencia Venezuela 49.74
28 Cali Colombia 49.59
29 Chihuahua Mexico 49.48
30 Joao Pessoa Brazil 49.17
31 Obregon Mexico 48.96
32 San Juan Puerto Rico 48.70
33 Barquisimeto Venezuela 48.23
34 Manaus Brazil 48.07
35 Distrito Central Honduras 48.00
36 Tepic Mexico 47.09
37 Palmira Colombia 46.65
38 Reynosa Mexico 41.95
39 Porto Alegre Brazil 40.96
40 Macapa Brazil 40.24
41 New Orleans United States 40.10
42 Detroit United States 39.69
43 Mazatlan Mexico 39.32
44 Durban South Africa 38.12
45 Campos dos Goytacazes Brazil 37.53
46 Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa 37.53
47 Campina Grande Brazil 37.29
48 Teresina Brazil 37.05
49 Vitoria Brazil 36.07
50 Cucuta Colombia 34.78

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