Overall, Latin America confirmed its statistical reputation as the world’s most violent region. According to a new study by Mexican think-tank the Citizens Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, 41 of the 50 most-violent cities are in Latin America.

San Pedro Sula’s murder rate was 111 per 100,000, putting it at No. 2 in 2015, while the third ranked city was San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, with 109. Worryingly for tourists, the Mexican beach town of Acapulco came in fourth, with 105, although the victims are overwhelmingly locals rather than visitors.

But US residents have reason to worry, too. Theirs is the only developed nation to have cities featured in the top-50 list, and several of those cities are worse-off this year: St. Louis (No. 15, up four places from 2014), Baltimore (No. 19, up 21 places), Detroit (No. 28, up six) and New Orleans (No. 32, down eight).

Twenty-one of the 50 most murderous cities were in Brazil, while eight were in Venezuela, five in Mexico, three in Colombia and two in Honduras. Another four of the cities on the list are in South Africa.

The world’s 50 most-violent cities

PositionCityCountryHomicide Rate
1CaracasVenezuela119.87
2San Pedro SulaHonduras111.03
3San SalvadorEl Salvador108.54
4AcapulcoMexico104.73
5MaturínVenezuela86.45
6Distrito CentralHonduras73.51
7ValenciaVenezuela72.31
8PalmiraColombia70.88
9Cape TownSouth Africa65.53
10CaliColombia64.27
11Ciudad GuayanaVenezuela62.33
12FortalezaBrazil60.77
13NatalBrazil60.66
14Salvador (y RMS)Brazil60.63
15ST. LouisU.S.A.59.23
16João PessoaBrazil58.4
17CuliacánMexico56.09
18MaceióBrazil55.63
19BaltimoreU.S.A.54.98
20BarquisimetoVenezuela54.96
21São LuísBrazil53.05
22CuiabáBrazil48.52
23ManausBrazil47.87
24CumanáVenezuela47.77
25GuatemalaGuatemala47.17
26BelémBrazil45.83
27Feira de SantanaBrazil45.5
28DetroitU.S.A.43.89
29Goiânia y Aparecida de GoiâniaBrazil43.38
30TeresinaBrazil42.64
31VitoriaBrazil41.99
32New OrleansU.S.A.41.44
33KingstonJamaica41.14
34Gran BarcelonaVenezuela40.08
35TijuanaMexico39.09
36Vitória da ConquistaBrazil38.46
37RecifeBrazil38.12
38AracajuBrazil37.7
39Campos dos GoytacazesBrazil36.16
40Campina GrandeBrazil36.04
41DurbanSouth Africa35.93
42Nelson Mandela BaySouth Africa35.85
43Porto AlegreBrazil34.73
44CuritibaBrazil34.71
45PereiraColombia32.58
46VictoriaMexico30.5
47JohanesburgoSouth Africa30.31
48MacapáBrazil30.25
49MaracaiboVenezuela28.85
50ObregónMexico28.29


By Simeon Tegel, GlobalPost
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