Latin America is the Murder Capital of the World


Forty-three of the world's 50 most violent cities are in Latin America, making the region the murder capital of the world, according to an annual report by Mexico’s Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice (CCSPJP).

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Caracas, Venezuela tops the list with 130.35 homicides for every 100,000 people. The South American country is the only one with four of its cities in the top 10. Maturín, 6, Ciudad Guayana, 8 and Valencia, 9, all also made the list.

The Mexican city of Acapulco comes in at No. 2 with 113.24 homicides per 100,000 residents, and it’s followed by San Pedro Sula in Honduras, with a rate of 112.09 per 100,000.

The CCSPJP report does not include cities that are currently considered combat zones and only highlights cities with 300,000 residents or more.

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While Latin America and the Caribbean account for just eight percent of the global population, it is home to 33 percent of all homicides. Find the top 10 list below.

1. Caracas, Venezuela (130.35)

2. Acapulco, Mexico (113.24)

3. San Pedro Sula, Honduras (112.09)

4. Distrito Central, Honduras (85.09)

5. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico (84.67)

6. Maturín, Venezuela (84.21)

7. San Salvador, El Salvador (83.39)

8. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela (82.84)

9. Valencia, Venezuela (72.02)

10. Natal, Brazil (69.56)