In a year of global protests, economic upheaval, leadership changes, and coups, some of the most dangerous cities of the world somehow got more dangerous.
In the United States, there are approximately 5.3 homicides per 100,000 people, a near 25-year low. But according to data provided by international research group Seguridad, Justicia y Paz, there are dozens of cities around the world where the murder rate is more than 50 per 100,000, some of them in the United States. The vast majority of the cities on this list are Latin American, and it’s important to figure out why that is.
Whether it’s due to politics, gang violence, or failed enforcement strategies, there are many different reason for the sky-high violence levels in these cities. Consider that Brazil, the most commonly occurring country on the list, made a push for increased crime prevention laws in its southern hub cities. While violent and drug-related crimes have declined locally in these areas, it looks like gangs just relocated to the north.
So some new and some shocking entrants in the rankings. Can you guess which two American cities have the dubious distinction of making the list of the most violent cities in the world?