World's Top 5 Most Dangerous Cities Located in Latin America

World's Top 5 Most Dangerous Cities Located in Latin America
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Nine of the 10 most dangerous cities on the globe can be found in Latin America, according to new data from the World Atlas.

Caracas, Venezuela holds the No. 1 spot with 119.87 murders per 100,000 people. The South American country heads San Pedro Sula, Honduras (111.03), San Salvador, El Salvador (108.54), Acapulco, Mexico (104.73) 5) and Maturin, Venezuela, respectively.

While Latin America is largely represented among the top 50 cities of mass killings and escalating violence, U.S. municipalities also made the list. St. Louis, where there were 59.23 killings for 100,000 people, ranked at no. 15, while Baltimore (54.98), Detroit (43.89) and New Orleans (41.44) were also listed.

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The report also explains that many of the most dangerous places are also some of the most impoverished, highlighting the link between destitution and violence.