The 15 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

13. St.Louis, United States

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Now this is one of the most shocking entries on the list. It is astounding that the United States has an entry on this list considering the wealth of the nation. The town has a vibrant mix of racial distribution and is the second largest city in Missouri. Even so with its population of 311,404, a total of 205 people were murdered in this area in 2017. That means for every 100,000, 65 people are estimated to be murdered.

12. Culiacán, Mexico

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Like Brazil, Mexico has multiple entries on this list. Culiacan is one of the most dangerous cities in the whole of Mexico. During the day Culiacan is a beautiful place to visit, but even locals do not venture out at night due to the sheer amount of crime. It is not surprising that this city has poor homicide record. For every 100,000 people in Culiacan 70 people will be murdered.

11. Vitória da Conquista, Brazil

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Vitoria da Conquista is renowned for being one of the most violent cities in the world, due to the large amount of organised crime in the area. This is reflected in their homicide statistics. Even though they have a relatively small population of 348,000 (2017), there were 245 murders. This means that 70 people are expected to be murdered for every 100,000.

10. Belém, Brazil

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Just reaching our top 10 is another Brazilian city. Belem is known for its out of control drug trade, which has led to ongoing issues with policing in the area. The influence of drugs in the area has led to a huge amount of murders taking place. Its huge population does not help policing matters, with over 2,000,000 people living in this city. Similar to Vitoria da Conquista for every 100,000 people in this huge city, just over 70 people are expected to die as a result of homicide.

9. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

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Ciudad Guyana is Venezuela’s first entry on this list, coming in at number nine. Police is the area are renowned for their untrustworthiness, so you have to take responsibility for your own safety while in this area. Never use the underground as this is a prime place for crime to take place. For every 100,000 people in this Venezuelan city, 80 people will die according to 2017 statistics.

8. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico

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Another Ciudad to be aware of is in Mexico. Ciudad Victoria is another place where tourism is not advised. Gang warfare has tarnished this city greatly, making life for ordinary people in the area very difficult. With its relatively small population of 330,000 people in 2017, there were 301 homicides, meaning that 91 people per 100,000 will be murdered.

7. Fortaleza, Brazil

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Another mention for a city in Brazil. This is a beautiful area known for its beaches and red cliffs. Unfortunately, this beauty has not stopped huge amounts of crime developing in this area. It is advised to stay within tourist areas and not to venture to certain areas of the city as 83 people for every 100,000 were killed in homicides in 2017.

6. La Paz, Mexico

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Cocaine consumption is commonplace in this area. This means that drug gangs often get into violent feuds that almost inevitably end in death. There are also a huge number of scams to try and coerce tourists into handing over cash. Even though it is a relatively small community of 305,000, for every 100,000 people, 85 will be murdered.

5. Tijuana, Mexico

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Mexico has the most on this dangerous list. Tijuana is on just on the U.S border and has a terrible reputation for crime. Even though it has close proximity to the United States, the homicide rates in the area are abysmal. For every 100,000-people residing in this city, 100 are expected to be killed. For the first time in this list 1% of people living in this area are expected to be murdered.

4. Natal, Brazil

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This is Brazil’s final entry on this list. Tourists have reported that while in Natal police will actively harass tourists to try and receive bribes from them. Seeing as the police force is in such a bad state it is unsurprising that the number of homicides in this city are also ridiculously high. With 1,300,000 people living within this city, 1,300 are expected to be killed according to 2017 figures.

3. Acapulco, Mexico

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Acapulco has recently been in the press due to the shocking figure that there are a reported 6 murders a day within the Mexican city. These figures have not been correctly supported but there is no denying that it is an extremely dangerous place to reside and visit. According to official statistics for every 100,000-people living in this city, 108 are expected to be killed.

2. Caracas, Venezuela

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Caracas just missed out on the top spot on our list but that doesn’t mean that you’re advised to go there. The Metropolitan Police Force in this area are known to be one of the most corrupt in the world, with a local Human Rights Watch suggesting that 1 in 5 crimes were committed by police themselves.  Of course, without real policing crime in the area grows, as has the homicide rate. For every 100,000 people, 111 are killed within this huge city of around 3,000,000 people.

1. Los Cabos, Mexico

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Los Cabos is officially the most dangerous place to visit according to homicide rates. Turf battles between criminal gangs have made this popular tourist destination a ‘no-go’ area. With its small population of just over 300,000 people, over 300 of these were killed in 2017. There are real efforts in place to help improve security and policing in the area, but these have not been successful, with the gang turf wars still reigning supreme.

Hopefully now you have learnt that these places are probably not the ideal destinations for your next holidays. Nevertheless, you have seen that Mexico, is the most dangerous country featuring on this list with a total of 6 mentions. When travelling always do extensive research otherwise you could end up in one of these dangerous places.

The cities on this list probably aren’t ideal as your next holiday destination. It could be said that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world with a total of six of its cities listed here. If you insist on visiting these places, make sure that you do extensive research to ensure that you don’t end up as another statistic.