These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2018
- In 2018, 42 of the world's 50 most violent cities were in Latin America. Four were in the US, with another in Puerto Rico.
- The region is the world's most violent, excluding war zones, with bloodshed driven by organized crime and exacerbated by chronic instability, poverty, and corruption.
In 2018, Latin America retained the ignominious distinction of being home to most of the cities on Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities, released on Tuesday.Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America. Fifteen were in Mexico, 14 in Brazil, and six in Venezuela. Two Colombian cities were on the list, as were two Honduran cities, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was also on the list.Advertisement
Four US cities were listed: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans.
Read last year's list: These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017The list is limited to cities with more than 300,000 people and doesn't include cities in war zones, such as Syria or Ukraine. The council said that went assessing cities, it sought to include "localities that form a unique urban system, clearly distinguishable from others, independent of the geographic-administrative divisions inside the countries."
Violence in Latin America is in large part driven by drug trafficking and organized crime. Insecurity is also exacerbated by political instability, poverty, and poor economic conditions. Corruption, abuses by officials, and impunity also facilitate crime.Mexico has seen profound increases in deadly violence in recent years, driven in large part by the fragmentation of criminal groups. This year Mexico displaced Brazil as the country with the most cities on the list, despite Brazil having some 80 million more residents. One of Mexico's most popular tourist cities, Los Cabos, topped the list last year but is not on it this year, which the council attributes to one criminal group winning control of the area.See the 2016 rankings: The 50 most violent cities in the world in 2016Advertisement
Incomplete data also challenges the council's tabulations, particularly in Venezuela, where the government has in the past not released homicide data, and where other estimates, such as those by newspapers, are incomplete or inconsistent.
Venezuela's "growing inability to count its dead" underscores the very serious crises it faces, the council states.Here's the top 50:Advertisement
50. New Orleans, Louisiana, had 36.87 homicides per 100,000 residents.
29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 37.50 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
48. Teresina, Brazil, had 37.61 homicides per 100,000 residents.
47. Durban, South Africa, had 38.51 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
46. Detroit had 38.78 homicides per 100,000 residents.
45. Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, had 39.16 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
44. João Pessoa, Brazil, had 41.36 homicides per 100,000 residents.
42. Reynosa, Mexico, had 41,48 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
41. Valencia, Venezuela, had 42.36 homicides per 100,000 residents.
40. San Juan, Puerto Rico, had 42.40 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
39. Distrito Central, Honduras, had 43.30 homicides per 100,000 residents.
38. Recife, Brazil, had 43.72 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
43. Guatemala City, Guatemala, had 43.73 homicides per 100,000 residents.
37. Manaus, Brazil, had 44 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
36. Tepic, Mexico, had 44.89 homicides per 100,000 residents.
35. Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil, had 46.28 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
34. Ensenada, Mexico, had 46.60 homicides per 100,000 residents.
33. San Pedro Sula, Honduras, had 46.67 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
32. Celaya, Mexico, had 46.99 homicides per 100,000 residents.
31. Cali, Colombia, had 47.03 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
30. Macapa, Brazil, had 47.20 homicides per 100,000 residents.
29. Salvador, Brazil, had 47.23 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
28. Maturin, Venezuela, had 47.24 homicides per 100,000 residents.
27. Palmira, Colombia, had 47.97 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
26. Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, had 48.35 homicides per 100,000 residents.
25. Aracaju, Brazil, had 48.77 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
24. San Salvador, El Salvador, had 50.32 homicides per 100,000 residents.
23. Baltimore, Maryland, had 50.52 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
22. Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil, had 50.75 homicides per 100,000 residents.
21. Maceio, Brazil, had 51.46 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
20. Ciudad Obregón, Mexico, had 52.09 homicides per 100,000 residents.
19. Kingston, Jamaica, had 54.12 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
18. Uruapan, Mexico, had 54.52 homicides per 100,000 residents.
17. Barquisimeto, Venezuela, had 56.67 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
16. Culiacan, Mexico, had 60.52 homicides per 100,000 residents.
15. St. Louis, Missouri, had 60.59 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
14. Feira de Santana, Brazil, had 63.29 homicides per 100,000 residents.
13. Cancun, Mexico, had 64.46 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
12. Belem, Brazil, had 65.31 homicides per 100,000 residents.
11. Cape Town, South Africa, had 66.36 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
10. Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, had 69.09 homicides per 100,000 residents.
9. Fortaleza, Brazil, had 69.15 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
8. Natal, Brazil, had 74.67 homicides per 100,000 residents.
7. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, had 78.30 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
6. Irapuato, Mexico, had 81.44 homicides per 100,000 residents.
5. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, had 85.56 homicides per 100,000.Advertisement
4. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, had 86.01 homicides per 100,000 residents.
3. Caracas, Venezuela, had 99.98 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
2. Acapulco, Mexico, had 110.5 homicides per 100,000 residents.
1. Tijuana, Mexico, had 138.26 homicides per 100,000 residents.Advertisement
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