The 50 Most Dangerous Cities In The World

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Earlier, this year, a Mexican think tank — the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice — released a study ranking the world’s most violent cities in 2011, and the results were astonishing.The 20 most violent cities were all in Latin America.

The USA had some alarming scores too, led by New Orleans at 21.

Other dangerous cities were located in Africa. None of the top 50 were in Europe or Asia, despite great unrest in those regions.

The ranking is based on murder rate per capita in 2011.

50. Johannesburg, South Africa

Homicides: 1,186

Inhabitants: 3,888,180

Murder rate: 30.50

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

49. Durban, South Africa

Homicides: 1,186

Inhabitants: 3,888,180

Murder rate: 30.54

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

48. Baltimore, United States

Homicides: 195

Inhabitants: 620,961

Murder rate: 31.40

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

47. Cuernavaca (metropolitan area)

Homicides: 198

Inhabitants: 630,174

Murder rate: 31.42

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

46. Panama, Panama

Homicides: 543

Inhabitants: 1,713,070

Murder rate: 31.70

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

45. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Homicides: 1,680

Inhabitants: 4,883,721

Murder rate: 34.40

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

44. Mosul, Iraq

Homicides: 636

Inhabitants: 1,800,000

Murder rate: 35.33

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

43. St. Louis, United States

Homicides: 113

Inhabitants: 319,294

Murder rate: 35.39

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

42. Barranquilla, Colombia

Homicides: 424

Inhabitants: 1,182,493

Murder rate: 35.86

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

41. Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Homicides: 381

Inhabitants: 1,050,930

Murder rate: 36.25

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

40. Goiânia, Brazil

Homicides: 484

Inhabitants: 1,302,001

Murder rate: 37.17

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

39. Curitiba, Brazil

Homicides: 720

Inhabitants: 1,890,272

Murder rate: 38.09

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

38. Monterrey, Mexico

Homicides: 1,680

Inhabitants: 4,160,339

Murder rate: 40.38

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

37. Fortaleza, Brazil

Homicides: 1,514

Inhabitants: 3,529,138

Murder rate: 42.90

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

36. Macapá, Brazil

Homicides: 225

Inhabitants: 499,116

Murder rate: 45.08

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

35. Pereira, Colombia

Homicides: 177

Inhabitants: 383,623

Murder rate: 46.14

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

34. Cape Town, South Africa

Homicides: 1,614

Inhabitants: 3,497,097

Murder rate: 46.15

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

33. Kingston (metropolitan area), Jamaica

Homicides: 550

Inhabitants: 1,169,808

Murder rate: 47.02

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

32. Recife, Brazil

Homicides: 1,793

Inhabitants: 3,717,640

Murder rate: 48.23

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

31. Cuiabá, Brazil

Homicides: 1,793

Inhabitants: 3,717,640

Murder rate: 48.32

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

30. Detroit, United States

Homicides: 346

Inhabitants: 713,777

Murder rate: 48.47

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

29. João Pessoa, Brazil

Homicides: 583

Inhabitants: 1,198,675

Murder rate: 48.64

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

28. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Homicides: 191

Inhabitants: 389,674

Murder rate: 49.02

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

27. São Luís, Brazil

Homicides: 516

Inhabitants: 1,014,837

Murder rate: 50.85

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

26. Manaus, Brazil

Homicides: 1,079

Inhabitants: 2,106,866

Murder rate: 51.21

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

25. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Homicides: 225

Inhabitants: 427,789

Murder rate: 52.60

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

24. Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Homicides: 621

Inhabitants: 1,120,718

Murder rate: 55.41

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

23. Cúcuta, Colombia

Homicides: 335

Inhabitants: 597,385

Murder rate: 56.08

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

22. Salvador (and RMS), Brazil

Homicides: 2,037

Inhabitants: 3,574,804

Murder rate: 56.98

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

21. New Orleans, United States

Homicides: 199

Inhabitants: 343,829

Murder rate: 57.88

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

20. San Salvador, El Salvador

Homicides: 1,343

Inhabitants: 2,290,790

Murder rate: 58.63

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

19. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

Homicides: 554

Inhabitants: 940,477

Murder rate: 58.91

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

18. Veracruz, Mexico

Homicides: 418

Inhabitants: 697,414

Murder rate: 59.94

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

17. Vitoria, Brazil

Homicides: 1,143

Inhabitants: 1,685,384

Murder rate: 67.82

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

16. Tepic (metropolitan area), Mexico

Homicides: 299

Inhabitants: 439,362

Murder rate: 68.05

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

15. Mazatlán, Mexico

Homicides: 307

Inhabitants: 445,343

Murder rate: 68.94

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

14. Medellín, Colombia

Homicides: 1,624

Inhabitants: 2,309,446

Murder rate: 70.32

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

13. Culiacán, Mexico

Homicides: 649

Inhabitants: 871,620

Murder rate: 74.46

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

12. Guatemala, Guatemala

Homicides: 2,248

Inhabitants: 3,014,060

Murder rate: 74.58

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

11. Cali, Colombia

Homicides: 1,720

Inhabitants: 2,207,994

Murder rate: 77.90

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

10. Belém, Brazil

Homicides: 1,639

Inhabitants: 2,100,319

Murder rate: 78.04

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

9. Durango, Mexico

Homicides: 474

Inhabitants: 593,389

Murder rate: 79.88

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

8. Chihuahua, Mexico

Homicides: 690

Inhabitants: 831,693

Murder rate: 82.96

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

7. Torreón (metropolitan area), Mexico

Homicides: 990

Inhabitants: 1,128,152

Murder rate: 87.75

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

6. Caracas Venezuela

Homicides: 3,164

Inhabitants: 3,205,463

Murder rate: 98.71

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

5. Distrito Central, Honduras

Homicides: 1,123

Inhabitants: 1,126,534

Murder rate: 99.69

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

4. Acapulco, Mexico

Homicides: 1,029

Inhabitants: 804,412

Murder rate: 127.92

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

3. Maceió, Brazil

Homicides: 1,564

Inhabitants: 1,156,278

Murder rate: 135.26

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

2. Juárez, Mexico

Homicides: 1,974

Inhabitants: 1,335,890

Murder rate: 147.77

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Homicides: 1,143

Inhabitants: 719,447

Murder rate: 158.87

Source: The Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice

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