10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

Can you imagine being a citizen or even a police officer in a city where there is at least one murder every second day? Or even multiple murders every single day of the year? The inhabitants of the 10 most dangerous cities in the world, unfortunately, don’t have to imagine that as it is their city’s harsh reality. Murder and crime rates fluctuate and can quickly change from year to year. But there have been certain cities around the world where murders have been a consistent problem for years or even decades now.

The following Ranking of the 10 most dangerous cities in the world shows you the most dangerous cities in the world by the latest available crime data (meaning for the past year of 2019), by looking at the per capita murder rate for each city. Sadly, Latin America dominates the ranking with 8 cities, while one country, in particular, includes all of the 4 most dangerous cities in the world right now.

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

top 10 most dangerous cities in the world

1. Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

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Tijuana, Mexico on the right, bordering San Diego, USA (on the left)

2. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

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Juarez, Mexico (left) at the border crossing with El Paso, USA (on the right)

3. Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

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View of the Las Playas district of Acapulco, Mexico

4. Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

Main square and Cathedral of Irapuato, Mexico

5. Guayana, Bolivar, Venezuela

Aerial view of the Puerto Ordaz district in Guayana, Venezuela

6. Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela

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Aerial view of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela
Credit: Fernando Flores / CC BY-SA 2.0

7. Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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View at downtown Cape Town, South Africa, with the Table mountain in the left background
Credit: Mikael Colville-Andersen / CC BY-SA 2.0

8. Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

View at downtown Mossoro, Brazil
Credit: davi99 / CC BY-SA 4.0

9. Bolivar City, Bolivar, Venezuela

View at the historic center of Bolivar City (Ciudad Bolivar) in the Venezuelan State of Bolivar

10. St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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View at downtown St. Louis, USA with the Gateway Arch in front
Credit: Sam Valadi / CC BY-SA 2.0

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World 2020

(as of March 2020)

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World:
1. TIJUANA, Mexico
115 murders per 100,000 people
2. JUAREZ, Mexico
111 murders per 100,000 people
3. ACAPULCO, Mexico
103 murders per 100,000 people
4. IRAPUATO, Mexico
98 murders per 100,000 people
5. GUAYANA, Venezuela
93 murders per 100,000 people
6. CARACAS, Venezuela
76 murders per 100,000 people
7. CAPE TOWN, South Africa
75 murders per 100,000 people
8. MOSSORO, Brazil
75 murders per 100,000 people
9. BOLIVAR, Venezuela
66 murders per 100,000 people
10. ST. LOUIS, United States
65 murders per 100,000 people

Most dangerous cities in the world based on the most currently publicized homicide rates per 100,000 people for cities with populations over 100,000. Tiebreaker: Higher total number of murders.

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