The 50 Most Dangerous Cities In The World

Earlier, this year, a Mexican think tank — the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice — released a study ranking the world’s most violent cities in 2011, and the results were astonishing.

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The 20 most violent cities were all in Latin America.

The USA had some alarming scores too, led by New Orleans at 21.

Other dangerous cities were located in Africa. None of the top 50 were in Europe and only one was in Asia, despite great unrest in those regions.

The ranking is based on murder rate per capita in 2011.

 

50. Johannesburg, South Africa

50. Johannesburg, South Africa

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Homicides: 1,186 

Inhabitants: 3,888,180

Murder rate: 30.50

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

49. Durban, South Africa

Homicides: 1,186 

Inhabitants: 3,888,180

Murder rate: 30.54

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

48. Baltimore, United States

Homicides: 195 

Inhabitants: 620,961

Murder rate: 31.40

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

47. Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)

47. Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)

AP Photo/Antonio Sierra

Homicides: 198 

Inhabitants: 630,174

Murder rate: 31.42

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

46. Panama, Panama

46. Panama, Panama

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Homicides: 543 

Inhabitants: 1,713,070

Murder rate: 31.70

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

45. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Homicides: 1,680 

Inhabitants: 4,883,721

Murder rate: 34.40

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

44. Mosul, Iraq

43. St. Louis, United States

Homicides: 113 

Inhabitants: 319,294

Murder rate: 35.39

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

42. Barranquilla, Colombia

Homicides: 424 

Inhabitants: 1,182,493

Murder rate: 35.86

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

 

41. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

41. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Homicides: 381 

Inhabitants: 1,050,930

Murder rate: 36.25

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

40. Goiânia, Brazil

39. Curitiba, Brazil

39. Curitiba, Brazil

AP Photo/Tereza Costa

Homicides: 720 

Inhabitants: 1,890,272

Murder rate: 38.09

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

38. Monterrey, Mexico

Homicides: 1,680 

Inhabitants: 4,160,339

Murder rate: 40.38

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

37. Fortaleza, Brazil

Homicides: 1,514 

Inhabitants: 3,529,138

Murder rate: 42.90

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

36. Macapá, Brazil

Homicides: 225 

Inhabitants: 499,116

Murder rate: 45.08

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

35. Pereira, Colombia

35. Pereira, Colombia

AP Photo/Scott Dalton

Homicides: 177 

Inhabitants: 383,623

Murder rate: 46.14

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

34. Cape Town, South Africa

Homicides: 1,614 

Inhabitants: 3,497,097

Murder rate: 46.15

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

33. Kingston (metropolitan area), Jamaica

Homicides: 550 

Inhabitants: 1,169,808

Murder rate: 47.02

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

32. Recife, Brazil

Homicides: 1,793 

Inhabitants: 3,717,640

Murder rate: 48.23

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

31. Cuiabá, Brazil

Homicides: 1,793 

Inhabitants: 3,717,640

Murder rate: 48.32

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

30. Detroit, United States

Homicides: 346 

Inhabitants: 713,777

Murder rate: 48.47

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

29. João Pessoa, Brazil

28. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

28. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Homicides: 191 

Inhabitants: 389,674

Murder rate: 49.02

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

27. São Luís, Brazil

26. Manaus, Brazil

26. Manaus, Brazil

AP Photo/Raphael Alves-A Critica, File

Homicides: 1,079 

Inhabitants: 2,106,866

Murder rate: 51.21

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

25. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Homicides: 225 

Inhabitants: 427,789

Murder rate: 52.60

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

24. Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Homicides: 621 

Inhabitants: 1,120,718

Murder rate: 55.41

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

23. Cúcuta, Colombia

23. Cúcuta, Colombia

AP Photo/Efrain Patino

Homicides: 335 

Inhabitants: 597,385

Murder rate: 56.08

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

22. Salvador (and RMS), Brazil

Homicides: 2,037 

Inhabitants: 3,574,804

Murder rate: 56.98

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

21. New Orleans, United States

Homicides: 199 

Inhabitants: 343,829

Murder rate: 57.88

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

20. San Salvador, El Salvador

19. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

18. Veracruz, Mexico

Homicides: 418 

Inhabitants: 697,414

Murder rate: 59.94

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

17. Vitoria, Brazil

Homicides: 1,143 

Inhabitants: 1,685,384

Murder rate: 67.82

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

16. Tepic (metropolitan area), Mexico

16. Tepic (metropolitan area), Mexico

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Homicides: 299 

Inhabitants: 439,362

Murder rate: 68.05

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

15. Mazatlán, Mexico

Homicides: 307 

Inhabitants: 445,343

Murder rate: 68.94

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

14. Medellín, Colombia

Homicides: 1,624 

Inhabitants: 2,309,446

Murder rate: 70.32

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

13. Culiacán, Mexico

13. Culiacán, Mexico

AP Photo/Guillermo Arias

Homicides: 649 

Inhabitants: 871,620

Murder rate: 74.46

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

12. Guatemala, Guatemala

12. Guatemala, Guatemala

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A member of the Mara 18 gang in Guatemala

Homicides: 2,248 

Inhabitants: 3,014,060

Murder rate: 74.58

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

11. Cali, Colombia

11. Cali, Colombia

AP Photo/Inaldo Perez

Homicides: 1,720 

Inhabitants: 2,207,994

Murder rate: 77.90

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

10. Belém, Brazil

10. Belém, Brazil

AP Photo/Lucivaldo Sena

Homicides: 1,639 

Inhabitants: 2,100,319

Murder rate: 78.04

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

9. Durango, Mexico

8. Chihuahua, Mexico

Homicides: 690 

Inhabitants: 831,693

Murder rate: 82.96

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

7. Torreón (metropolitan area), Mexico

7. Torreón (metropolitan area), Mexico

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Homicides: 990 

Inhabitants: 1,128,152

Murder rate: 87.75

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

6. Caracas Venezuela

Homicides: 3,164 

Inhabitants: 3,205,463

Murder rate: 98.71

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

5. Distrito Central, Honduras

Homicides: 1,123 

Inhabitants: 1,126,534

Murder rate: 99.69

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

4. Acapulco, Mexico

4. Acapulco, Mexico

AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez

Homicides: 1,029

Inhabitants: 804,412

Murder rate: 127.92

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

3. Maceió, Brazil

3. Maceió, Brazil

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Homicides: 1,564 

Inhabitants: 1,156,278

Murder rate: 135.26

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

2. Juárez, Mexico

Homicides: 1,974

Inhabitants: 1,335,890

Murder rate: 147.77

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Homicides: 1,143

Inhabitants: 719,447

Murder rate: 158.87

Source: The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

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