By: Patricia Ann Talley, MBA and Editor
The United States government frequently issues warnings to its citizens traveling in Mexico, but its own cities of St. Louis, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; and Baltimore, Maryland are included in the new list of the 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the World.
Semáforo , Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice recently published its report of the 50 most violent cities in the world. One-third of global homicides occur in Latin America, even though the region has just 8% of the world’s population. According to the UN, drug trafficking, gang wars, political instability, corruption, and poverty contribute to the region’s elevated violence.
Many people who have images of violence and murder in Mexico may be surprised to learn that while 8 of the 50 most violent cities in the world are located in Mexico, 4 cities on the most violent list are located in the United States!
Source: Semáforo, Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico ranks third on the list – but, St. Louis, Detroit, and New Orleans have higher homicide rates than other Mexican cities for which US travel warnings are in effect. Baltimore, Maryland is also included among the most dangerous. No cities in Canada are included.
Violence in Guerrero, Mexico? Again – Keep Things in Perspective!
The state of Guerrero, Mexico received international attention in 2014, when 43 college students were kidnapped and murdered, adding to the perception of “violence in Mexico.” But again, this violence should be kept in perspective, as compared to other areas of the world.
There were a total of 532 cases of homicide in the entire state of Guerrero in 2015, representing 12 percent of all homicides in Mexico. The state has a total of 3,546,710 inhabitants. In comparison to the chart above, the state had 15.2 homicides for every 100,000 residents.
Acapulco is the only city in the state of Guerrero that is included in the top 50 most dangerous. Acapulco accounted for 41% of the total homicides in Guerrero with 216 cases with a homicide rate of 104.06 per 100,000 residents. The cities of Chilpancingo had 67 homicides in 2015, Iguala 31, and Chilapa 30. Cities with the least homicides in the state include Coyuca de Benitz 20, Ometepec 14, and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo 13.
With 13 homicides in 2015, the homicide rate for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is 10.83 per 100,000 residents. Compare these statistics to the homicide rates in USA cities like St. Louis with a rate of 49.93, Detroit at 44.87, New Orleans at 39.61, and Baltimore at 33.92. Compare these statistics to your city!
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