Published On: Thu, Jan 28th, 2016

The 20 Most Violent Cities Worldwide

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Out of the world’s 50 most violent cities, 41 are in Latin America including 21 in Brazil. The Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security releases its findings on the homicide rate in cities with populations over 300, 000 every year. This infographic shows the world’s top 20 cities, with Caracas, Venezuela, in first place with 119.87 homicides per 100, 000 residents in 2015.

San Pedro Sula, Honduras (111.03 homicides per 100, 000) came second with San Salvador, El Salvador (108.54 homicides per 100, 000) rounding off the top three. The majority of the violence in Latin America can be attributed to drug trafficking, gang warfare and political instability. (See chart)


Statistics and facts about Crime

The most commonly used crime statistic is the so called crime rate which, following the FBI’s definition, measures reported crimes per 100, 000 people. The U.S. crime rate for violent crimes was 429.4 offenses per 100, 000 inhabitants in 2009, which represents the lowest level since the 1970s. After soaring to record highs in the 1980s, the crime rate has been constantly decreasing since the early 1990s. The same holds for the U.S. property crime rate which was at 3, 036 in 2009, down from 5, 073 in 1990. The FBI also reports crime rates for different subcategories, the most-cited one being the murder/homicide rate. With five murders per 100, 000 people, the murder/homicide rate in the United Statesreached the lowest level since 1964 in 2009. Compared with other highly developed countries, the murder rate in the U.S. is still high though, with China, Australia and most European countries reporting 0.5 to 1.5 murders per 100, 000 people. The FBI also reports crime clearance statistics, which state that 63.6 percent of all murder cases in the United States in 2008 were solved.

Stating a uniform crime rate for a country as big as the United States is difficult as the crime rate greatly varies across different states and areas. That is why the FBI also publishes crime statistics for every single U.S. State. Maine had the lowest violent crime rate in 2009 with only 120 offenses per 100, 000 inhabitants. The District of Columbia reported the highest violent crime rate with 1, 346 cases per 100, 000 people.

A form of crime that has surfaced in the last decade is Internet or cyber crime. According to data from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the number of complaints from victims of cyber crime has increased from 16, 838 in 2000 to 303, 809 in 2010. The most reported offenses were non-delivery of payment or merchandise, FBI-related scams and identity theft.


This chart shows the number of homicides per 100, 000 residents in 2015.

Infographic: The 20 Most Violent Cities Worldwide | Statista

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