26 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

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10. Natal, Brazil
> Homicides per 100,000: 69.56
> 2016 homicides: 1,097
> Population: 1,577,072
> Previous year rank: 13

Moving into the top 10, Natal is the worst-ranked Brazilian city on the list. The city’s violent crime rate ticked up from roughly 60 homicides per 100,000 people to nearly 70 per 100,000 people. The uptick in the homicide rate may be due to violence between prisoners in the past year. Many deadly incidents erupting behind bars and spilling into the streets.

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9. Valencia, Venezuela
> Homicides per 100,000: 72.02
> 2016 homicides: 1,124
> Population: 1,560,586
> Previous year rank: 7

With nearly the same homicide rate in 2016 as 2015, Valencia remains one of the most dangerous cities in the world. In response to an unchanging cycle of homicides, President Nicolas Maduro shook up his cabinet and deepened the militarization of Venezuela’s government.

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8. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
> Homicides per 100,000: 82.84
> 2016 homicides: 727
> Population: 877,547
> Previous year rank: 11

With political unrest and failing industries on the rise, one Venezuela’s main generators of electricity has struggled with rising violence. And with the government recently adopting a hard-line military stance by the government, there seems to be no end in sight.

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7. San Salvador, El Salvador
> Homicides per 100,000: 83.39
> 2016 homicides: 1,483
> Population: 1,778,467
> Previous year rank: 3

If you’re looking for a bright spot (if there really is one) look no further than San Salvador. El Salvador’s lone city on the list has had a 23% decline in homicide in a single year. Howard Coto, The head of national police, claims this is due to the government’s “iron fist” policy against street gangs while gang members disagree, stating an informal truce may be the reason for the decreased rate.

6. Maturín, Venezuela
> Homicides per 100,000: 84.21
> 2016 homicides: 499
> Population: 592,574
> Previous year rank: 5

An important strategic city in Venezuela because of its location and oil industry, Maturin’s high homicide rate could be associated to how hard it’s been hit by the country’s economic and hunger crisis.