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World's most dangerous cities, by murder rate 2020

This statistic ranks the 50 most dangerous cities of 2020, by murder rate per 100,000 inhabitants. The murder rate of Los Cabos in Mexico was 138.26 for every 100,000 people living in the city.

The world’s most dangerous cities

Most of the world’s most dangerous cities are located in Latin America. The highest ranked city outside of Latin America is St. Louis in the United States, which is ranked thirteenth with a murder rate of 60.59 in 2018. Detroit, with a murder rate of 39.7, came in at forty-second place.

Violence in Latin America is caused in great part by drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and gang wars. Between 2007 and 2012, it was estimated that there were nearly 38,000 drug-related fatalities in Mexico alone. Though rates of gang and drug-related activities in Mexico reportedly fell from 2007 to 2012 due to a government squeeze, traffickers have gone elsewhere and violence surged in other regions.

Meanwhile, violence in Latin America has influenced immigration from affected areas into the United States. Migration from Mexico to the U.S. was considered the largest migration flow in the world, with 11.6 million migrants in 2010.

Ranking of the most dangerous cities in the world in 2020, by murder rate per 100,000 inhabitants

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2020

Supplementary notes

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