The Most Dangerous Cities In The World

Various forms of violent criminal activities make a place dangerous for both the residents and the foreign tourists that visit the place. It is to be noted that violence and peace cannot coexist together in an area, and such criminal acts are considered potential threats to peace for any location in the world. Therefore, one must be aware of the world’s most dangerous cities and must take precautionary measures if one wishes to visit any of these places. Based on a report released by the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, the article lists the top 10 most dangerous cities in the world that have the highest homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants. They are as follows:

  1. Celaya, Mexico
  2. Tijuana, Mexico
  3. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  4. Ciudad Obregon, Mexico
  5. Irapuato, Mexico
  6. Ensenada, Mexico
  7. St. Louis, United States
  8. Uruapan, Mexico
  9. Fiera de Santana, Brazil
  10. Cape Town, South Africa
Most dangerous cities in the world
The 10 most dangerous cities in the world mapped.

1. Celaya, Mexico - 109.39 homicides/100K

Celaya Mexico
A street in Celaya, Mexico.

With an estimated population of 639,052 inhabitants, Celaya is the third most populous city situated in the south-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. At present, Celaya is considered the world’s most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of 109.38 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. It has been reported that the increased violence in the city is due to the efforts by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to wipe out its rival Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel to take control of drug trafficking and large-scale gasoline thefts.

2. Tijuana, Mexico - 105.15 homicides/100K

Tijuana Mexico
Skyline of Tijuana.

Situated in the Mexican State of Baja California, Tijuana is the 2nd-largest and the westernmost city in Mexico. It is also the world’s most visited border city that shares a 24km long border with the city of San Diego, located in the US State of California. Nevertheless, Tijuana is considered the world’s second-most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of 105.15 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Tijuana is known for its extreme poverty, and many heinous crimes such as rape, kidnapping, murders, etc., have been reported here. It is believed that this high amount of violence in the city is mainly due to human trafficking and drug trades that are carried out by different gangs. Abrupt violence also frequently takes place between the two rival gangs: the Tijuana and the Sinaloa cartels. The Tijuana cartel that has its base in Tijuana is considered Mexico’s most extensive and violent criminal group. In contrast, the Sinaloa Cartel based in Culiacan in the Mexican State of Sinaloa is an international drug trafficking cartel that operates in many Mexican states and different places worldwide.

3. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - 103.61 homicides/100K

Juarex, Mexico
Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.

With an estimated population of 1,512,450 inhabitants, Ciudad Juarez, commonly referred to as Juarez, is the most populous city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Juarez is considered the worst city for women in Mexico as the violence towards women in this city has dramatically increased over the years. At present, Juarez is the world’s third-most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of about 103.61 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. In the past, Juarez served the inhabitants of El Paso city in the US State of Texas with nightclubs and loud musical entertainments. But, the recent increase in crime rates has led to a collapse of the city’s tourism industry. Travelers to this city need to be very cautious as cases such as carjacking, burglary, theft, robbery, and murders are very common here. The increased brutal violence in the city is often attributed to the turf wars between the rival Sinaloa and the Juarez cartels. It is also widely believed that poverty, drug violence, and government corruption are some of the main reasons for the increased violence in the city of Juarez.

4. Ciudad Obregon, Mexico - 101.13 homicides/100K

Ciudad Obregon is the second-largest city situated in the southern part of the Mexican state of Sonora. Ciudad Obregon is considered the world’s fourth-most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of about 101.13 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. It is reported that this city functions as a vital region in the international drug and human trafficking trades.

5. Irapuato, Mexico - 94.99 homicides/100K

Irapuato, Mexico
Irapuato, Mexico. Editorial credit: Ricardo Pacheco / Shutterstock.com

Situated at the base of Arandas Hill, Irapuato is the second most populous city located at the heart of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. This mid-sized Mexican city is considered the world’s fifth-most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of about 94.99 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. It is reported that the increased violence in the city is due to the frequent turf wars between the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Several videos surfaced on various platforms have shown mass shootings in bars with men carrying assault rifles. The local police authorities have failed to curb this increased violence and have left this matter to the federal government. But, to date, the federal government has been unable to curb the increased violence in the city of Irapuato.

6. Ensenada, Mexico - 90.58 homicides/100K

Ensanada
Ensenada, Mexico.

Ensenada is the third-largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California. At present, Ensenada is considered the world’s sixth-most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of about 90.58 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. It is reported that the increased violence in the city is due to the turf battles between the rival cartels: the Sinaloa Cartel, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, and remnants of the Arellano Felix Organization; in addition to human trafficking and drug trades.

7. St. Louis, United States - 87.83 homicides/100K

St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis cityscape.

Situated close to the meeting point of Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers, St. Louis is the second-largest city in the US State of Missouri. St. Louis is currently the world’s seventh-most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of about 87.83 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Being one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, St. Louis has the highest murder rate and the highest drug usage in the entire country. As per the city’s new Police Chief, about half of all the assaults and 67% of all the murders mainly occur in a small triangular area in the northern part of the city.

8. Uruapan, Mexico - 72.59 homicides/100K

Uruapan, Mexico
Panoramic view from Uruapan cemetery in Michoacan, Mexico.

Situated at the western tip of the Purepecha highlands, Uruapan is the second largest and the second-most populous city in the Mexican state of Michoacan. The city of Uruapan is considered the deadliest place in Michoacan and the world’s eighth-most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of about 72.59 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Uruapan witnesses regular clashes between Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion and several other criminal groups, all of whom want to acquire control over the vital drugs (cocaine and fentanyl) trafficking routes.

9. Fiera de Santana, Brazil - 67.46 homicides/100K

With an estimated population of 619,609 inhabitants, Fiera de Santana is the second-most populous city in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The city of Fiera de Santana not only has the highest homicide rate in Brazil, but it is also currently the world’s ninth-most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of about 67.46 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. The various violent activities like assaults, scams, and pickpocketing that are taking place in the city are equally terrifying for both the residents and visitors.

10. Cape Town, South Africa - 64 homicides/100K

Cape Town
Cape Town in South Africa. 

Located on the banks of Table Bay, Cape Town is the legislative capital and the second-largest city of South Africa. Cape Town is currently the world’s tenth most dangerous city, with a homicide rate of about 64.00 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. There are approximately 130 different gangs in the city, and it is reported that over 100 thousand people are involved with these gangs. Many crimes related to drugs and gang violence also take place in the city of Cape Town.

As seen in the above discussion, the country of Mexico has the highest number of violent cities in the world. Of the 10 most violent cities discussed in this article, 7 of these most violent cities (Celaya, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Obregon, Irapuato, Ensenada, and Uruapan) are located in Mexico. Besides the Mexican cities in the list, the other cities are from the United States, Brazil, and South Africa. It is also reported that almost 40% of the world’s most violent cities are Mexican making Mexico the global epicenter of homicidal violence.

The 50 Most Dangerous Cities In The World

Rank City Country Homicides  Population  Homicides per 100,000

1

Celaya (AM)

Mexico

699

639,052

109.38

2

Tijuana (AM)

Mexico

2,155

2,049,413

105.15

3

Juarez

Mexico

1,567

1,512,450

103.61

4

Ciudad Obregon

Mexico

309

305,539

101.13

5

Irapuato (AM)

Mexico

823

866,370

94.99

6

Ensenada

Mexico

402

443,807

90.58

7

St. Louis

United States

264

300,576

87.83

8

Uruapan

Mexico

259

356,786

72.59

9

Feira de Santana

Brazil

418

619,609

67.46

10

Cape Town

South Africa

2,947

4,604,986

64

11

Cumana

Venezuela

225

360,436

62.42

12

Fortaleza

Brazil

2,491

3,999,930

62.28

13

Mossoro

Brazil

187

300,618

62.21

14

Guayana

Venezuela

471

758,490

62.1

15

Zacatecas

Mexico

214

361,347

59.22

16

Baltimore

United States

335

593,490

56.45

17

Kingston (AM)

Jamaica

643

1,180,771

54.46

18

Acapulco

Mexico

422

779,566

54.13

19

Caracas

Venezuela

1,417

2,682,801

52.82

20

Vitoria da Conquista

Brazil

179

341,128

52.47

21

New Orleans

United States

202

390,144

51.78

22

Mandela Bay

South Africa

621

1,213,060

51.19

23

Maturin

Venezuela

254

497,723

51.03

24

Memphis

United States

332

654,073

50.99

25

Culiacan

Mexico

472

955,340

49.41

26

Cuemavaca (AM)

Mexico

436

896,688

48.62

27

Morelia

Mexico

403

849,053

47.46

28

Salvador (AM)

Brazil

1,852

3,957,566

46.8

29

Detroit

United States

327

713,898

45.8

30

Distrito Central

Honduras

569

1,276,738

44.57

31

Durban

South Africa

1,727

3,981,205

43.38

32

Chihuahua

Mexico

402

937,674

42.87

33

Rio Branco

Brazil

173

413,418

41.85

34

San Pedro Sula

Honduras

330

801,259

41.19

35

Colima (AM)

Mexico

135

328,471

41.1

36

Maceio

Brazil

404

1,025,360

39.4

37

Reafe

Brazil

1,549

4,023,725

38.5

38

Cucuta (AM)

Colombia

325

861,000

37.75

39

San Juan

Puerto Rico

120

318,441

37.68

40

Cali (AM)

Colombia

987

2,627,939

37.56

41

Johannesburg

South Africa

2,182

5,866,550

37.19

42

Barquisimeto

Venezuela

402

1,095,161

36.71

43

Caruaru

Brazil

133

365,278

36.41

44

Benito Juarez

Mexico

331

911,503

36.31

45

Victoria

Mexico

124

349,688

35.46

46

Natal

Brazil

475

1,353,713

35.09

47

Leon (AM)

Mexico

697

1,987,335

35.07

48

Teresina

Brazil

302

868,075

34.79

49

Minatitian (AM)

Mexico

109

314,348

34.67

50

Valencia

Venezuela

448

1,292,985

34.65

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