According to a report released in 2012 by Mexican think tank Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, the ten cities in the world with the highest rate of intentional homicide are in Latin America. The major reason for high murder rates in these cities is drug trafficking.
The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice website says, “Five of the 10 most violent cities in the world are Mexican. 45 of the 50 most violent cities are in the Americas and 40 in Latin America. The most violent sub-national jurisdiction worldwide is Honduras and 3 of the 10 most violent sub-national jurisdictions in the world are Honduran. Nineteen of the 50 most violent national jurisdictions in the world are located in Mexico and Central America.”
Murder rates are calculated by determining the number of of intentional homicides per 100,000 people.
Although these statistics reveal the world’s highest murder rates, they do not take into account murders that have not been reported or deaths by warfare violence, meaning there are probably cities in the world with much higher violent death rates than the ones listed. However, based on the best information available, Global Conflict Analysis presents the Ten Most Dangerous Cities in the World:
Number 10: Belém, Brazil
Homicides in 2011 – 1,639
Population – 2,100,319
Rate – 78.04