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Top 10 most dangerous cities in the world

Can you imagine being a citizen or even a police officer in a city where there is at least one murder a day? Or even more murders every day of the year? The inhabitants of the 10 most dangerous cities in the world unfortunately have to imagine that because that is the harsh reality of their city. Murder and crime rates fluctuate and can quickly change from year to year. But there have been certain cities around the world where murder has been a sore point for years or even decades now.

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Townhouses in Camden NJ

The following ranking of the 10 most dangerous cities in the world shows you the most dangerous cities in the world according to the latest available crime data (meaning in 2019), by looking at murder rates per capita per city. Sadly, Latin America dominates the ranking with 8 cities, while one country in particular includes all 4 most dangerous cities in the world right now.


The 10 most dangerous cities in the world:

1. TIJUANA, Mexico

115 murders per 100,000 people

2. JUAREZ, Mexico

111 murders per 100,000 people

3. ACAPULCO, Mexico

103 homicides per 100,000 people

4. IRAPUATO, Mexico

98 murders per 100,000 people

5. GUAYANA, Venezuela

93 murders per 100,000 people

6. CARACAS, Venezuela

76 murders per 100,000 people

7. CAPE TOWN, South Africa

75 murders per 100,000 people

8. MOSSORO, Brazil

75 murders per 100,000 people

9. BOLIVAR, Venezuela

66 murders per 100,000 people

10. ST. LOUIS, USA

65 homicides per 100,000 people


10 most dangerous cities in the world


1. Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

115 murders per 100,000 people

Tijuana, Mexico at right, bordering San Diego, USA (left)
Tijuana, Mexico at right, bordering San Diego, USA (left)

City population: 1.9 million

Annual homicides in the city (last year): 2,185


 

2. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

111 murders per 100,000 people

Juarez, Mexico (left) at the border with El Paso, USA (right)
Juarez, Mexico (left) at the border with El Paso, USA (right)

City population: 1.3 million

Annual homicides in the city (last year): 1,449


 

3. Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

103 homicides per 100,000 people

A view of the Las Playas district of Acapulco, Mexico
A view of the Las Playas district of Acapulco, Mexico

City population: 690,000

Annual homicides in the city (last year): 711


 

4. Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

98 murders per 100,000 people

Main Square and Church of Irapuato, Mexico
Main Square and Church of Irapuato, Mexico

City population: 530,000

Annual homicides in the city (last year): 517


 

5. Guayana, Bolivar, Venezuela

93 murders per 100,000 people

Aerial view of Puerto Ordaz district in Guayana, Venezuela
Aerial view of Puerto Ordaz district in Guayana, Venezuela

City population: 750,000

Annual homicides in the city (last year): 700


 

6. Caracas, Quận thủ đô, Venezuela

76 murders per 100,000 people

Aerial view of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela
Aerial view of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela

City population: 1.9 million

Annual homicides in the city (last year): 1,443


 

7. Cape Town, Western Cape, Nam Phi

75 murders per 100,000 people

View of downtown Cape Town, South Africa, with Table Mountain in the background on the left
View of downtown Cape Town, South Africa, with Table Mountain in the background on the left

City population: 3.8 million

Annual homicides in the city (last year): 2,868


 

8. Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

75 murders per 100,000 people

View in downtown Mossoro, Brazil
View in downtown Mossoro, Brazil

City population: 295,000

Annual homicides in the city (last year): 222


 

9. Bolivar City, Bolivar, Venezuela

66 murders per 100,000 people

View of the historic center of Bolivar City (Ciudad Bolivar) in the Venezuelan State of Bolivar
View of the historic center of Bolivar City (Ciudad Bolivar) in the Venezuelan State of Bolivar

City population: 400,000

Annual homicides in the city (last year): 264


 

10. St. Louis, Missouri, USA

65 homicides per 100,000 people


View of downtown St. Louis, USA with the Arch in the foreground
View of downtown St. Louis, USA with the Arch in the foreground

Dân số thành phố: 300.000 Số vụ giết người hàng năm trong thành phố (năm ngoái): 194


 

10 most dangerous cities in the world 2020

(as of March 2020)


The 10 most dangerous cities in the world:

1. TIJUANA, Mexico

115 murders per 100,000 people


2. JUAREZ, Mexico

111 murders per 100,000 people


3. ACAPULCO, Mexico

103 homicides per 100,000 people


4. IRAPUATO, Mexico

98 murders per 100,000 people


5. GUAYANA, Venezuela

93 murders per 100,000 people


6. CARACAS, Venezuela

76 murders per 100,000 people


7. CAPE TOWN, South Africa

75 murders per 100,000 people


8. MOSSORO, Brazil

75 murders per 100,000 people


9. BOLIVAR, Venezuela

66 murders per 100,000 people


10. ST. LOUIS, USA

65 homicides per 100,000 people


Most of the deadliest cities in the world are based on currently published homicide rates per 100,000 people for cities with populations over 100,000. Tiebreaker: Higher total number of murders.


 


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