A list of the most violent cities in the world, based on 2017 data, shows Latin America retaining the distinction of having the most cities featured on the list, coming in with 42. However, five American cities are also featured in the annual rankings, showing how severe the level of violence is in these locations.
To be considered for the list, which was curated by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security, the cities had to have populations exceeding 300,000 people. Data from combat zones was eliminated from the analysis, as well as any locations were the data was unavailable, unreliable or incomplete.
While Latin America was featured most heavily on the list, five US cities were also included.
Coming in at number 42, Detroit had 39.69 homicides per 100,000 residents. During 2017, 267 homicides were recorded. The city’s population came in at 672,795.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Listed at number 41, New Orleans experienced 157 homicides. Based on a population of 391,495, this puts the homicide rate at 40.10 per 100,000 residents.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
While Puerto Rico is technically a US territory, it is still often considered an American city. In 2017, San Juan had 169 homicides with a population of 347,052. This breaks down to 48.70 homicides per 100,000 residents, placing the city in the number 32 spot on the list.
Crossing the halfway mark on the list, Baltimore was ranked at number 21 with 55.48 homicides per 100,000 residents, with a total population of 614,664 and 341 homicides.
St. Louis, Missouri
With a population listed at 311,404, St. Louis had 205 homicides, reflecting a ratio of 65.83 homicides per 100,000 residents.
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