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Mexico: murder rate 2009-2019

On average, 29 people were murdered every 100,000 inhabitants in Mexico in 2018, up from 26 homicide cases per 100,000 people a year earlier. Mexico's murder rate has been continuously increasing since 2015. Between January and June of 2019, the homicide rate stood at 14 cases.

Crime and violence in Mexico

Street violence and crime are some of the most pressing problems affecting Mexican society today. A recent survey revealed that, on average, almost 80 percent of the adult population felt unsafe. The perceived level of insecurity in Mexico is more worrisome among women than men. In recent years, violence against women in Mexico has significantly worsened.

Violence against women in Mexico

The number of femicides registered in Mexico has more than doubled between 2015 and 2019. Up to 976 women were murdered in Mexico in 2019 solely on account of their gender. Over the past decade, most Mexican states have adopted this criminal typification to address the increasing cases of homicide motivated by gender. Veracruz was the region with the largest number of femicides reported as such in 2019, whereas Morelos stood out as the Mexican state with the highest prevalence of femicides, based on 100,000 women.

Number of murders committed per 100,000 inhabitants in Mexico from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Preliminary figures as of July 15, 2019.
** Between January and June of 2019. Preliminary figures as of January 28, 2020.
Prior to 2019, data was retrieved from Comunicado de Prensa NÂș 347/19, page 8.

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