10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

Can you imagine being a citizen or even police officer 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 cities where the 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 crime data (meaning for the past year of 2019). Sadly, Latin America dominates the ranking with 8 cities, while one country in particular has all of the 4 most dangerous cities in the world right now.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World 2020

(as of March 2020)

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

Based on most currently publicized homicide rates per 100,000 people for cities with populations over 100,000.
Tiebreaker: Higher number of murders.

1. Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

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

Population of city: 1.9 million
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 2,185

2. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

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

Population of city: 1.3 million
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 1,449

3. Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

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View of the Las Playas district of Acapulco, Mexico

Population of city: 690,000
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 711

4. Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Main square and Cathedral of Irapuato, Mexico

Population of city: 530,000
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 517

5. Guayana, Bolivar, Venezuela

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Aerial view of Guayana, Venezuela

Population of city: 750,000
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 700

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

Population of city: 1.9 million
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 1,443

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

Population of city: 3.8 million
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 2,868

8. Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

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

Population of city: 295,000
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 222

9. Bolivar City, Bolivar, Venezuela

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Historic center of Bolivar City, Venezuela
Credit: DanielRamon1949 / CC BY-SA 4.0

Population of city: 400,000
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 264

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

Population of city: 300,000
Number of annual murders in city (last year): 194


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