26 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

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26. Baltimore, United States
> Homicides per 100,000: 51.1
> 2016 homicides: 318
> Population: 621,849
> Previous year rank: 19

Although the homicide rate in Baltimore declined between 2015 and 2016, causing the city’s rank on this list to improve by seven positions, it is still far from being free from violence. The city’s murder problem has led Mayor Catherine Pugh to signal her plan to use a high-tech system that helps police pinpoint where guns are fired.

2017 is shaping up to be an even more violent year for the city. As of early July of this year, 184 people had been murdered. This is the highest recorded number of homicides at the midyear point for the Baltimore area in the last 25 years, putting the city roughly on pace for a murder per day in 2017.

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25. Maceió, Brazil
> Homicides per 100,000: 51.8
> 2016 homicides: 529
> Population: 1,021,709
> Previous yr. rank 18

Brazil’s first entry on the list is Maceió, the capital city of Brazil’s northeastern state of Alagoas. While northeast Brazil has been notorious in recent years for its violent crime, Maceió looks to be moving in the right direction. The city’s 2016 murder rate of 51.8 incidents per 100,000 people is down from 55.63 the previous year.

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24. Culiacán, Mexico
> Homicides per 100,000: 51.8
> 2016 homicides: 469
> Population: 905,265
> Previous year rank: 17

With Mexico embroiled in an ongoing drug war, data has shown that the capital of the state of Sinaloa has been able to curb some of the violence. Home of the Sinaloa Cartel and its former leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, Culiacán has seen improvement on last year’s murder rate, but still has a long, hard road ahead.

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23. Guatemala, Guatemala
> Homicides per 100,000: 52.7
> 2016 homicides: 1,596
> Population: 3,026,729
> Previous year rank: 25

One of the largest cities on the list, the homicide rate in Guatemala rose by a large margin. Yet with an increase of five homicides since last year, it is still a far-cry from its former level of violence in the 1990s, when it averaged 101 homicides per 100,000 people a year for the decade.

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22. Tijuana, Mexico
> Homicides per 100,000: 53.1
> 2016 homicides: 871
> Population: 1,641,570
> Previous yr. rank 35

After a period of relatively low homicide levels in Tijuana, murder has now reached a five-year high in the Mexican border metropolis. The increase of homicides in one of Mexico’s fastest growing cities can most likely be attributed to a well-known cause: violence among drug cartels that has only become more prominent since the start of Mexico’s drug war in 2006.

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21. Cali, Colombia
> Homicides per 100,000: 54.0
> 2016 homicides: 1,358
> Population: 2,514,759
> Previous yr. rank 10

The homicide rate in Cali dropped by nearly 16% since last year. While still one of the most dangerous cities in the world, it’s an optimistic trend considering that the city reached its lowest homicide rate in recent years.