The Venezuelan capital of Caracas has been named as the most violent city in the world. The city, with 119.87 murders per 100,000 per residents in 2015 topped the list of the 50 most crime ridden cities in the world.
The list, published by The Mexican Citizens Council for Public Security is based on the number of murders per 100, 000 citizens, in cities with a population of more than 300,000 people. The list also excludes cities which are at war or in countries where a war is still being fought.
Out of the 50 cities on the list, 41 came from Latin America while a staggering 21 of those came from Brazil alone – the most by any single country.
The only saving grace for the country set to host this year’s Olympics is that none of its cities make the top ten, while Rio de Janiero – the host city for the event fails to make the list all together.
The highest increase in violence from all the cities on the list came from San Salvador, El Salvador which reported a phenominal 81% increase in the murder rate from 2014.
With a national population of only 6 million, the South American country has seen death tolls from gang violence rise on par with the amount of deaths from the 1980’s civil war.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras dropped to number two on the list after a gradual decrease in violence over the last year after being atop the list for the previous four years.
The majority of the cities on the list come from nations classed as ‘developing’, while only four come from a developed nation – The United States.
Only four cities from Africa made the list, with all four of these cities coming from South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa was the only non Latin city to make the top ten, coming in at ninth on the list, with 65.53 murders per 100,000 citizens.
The full list is as follows: City: Murders per 100,000 people:
|2||San Pedro Sula, Honduras||111.03|
|3||San Salvador, El Salvador||108.54|
|6||Distrito Central, Honduras||73.51|
|9||Cape Town, South Africa||65.53|
|11||Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela||62.33|
|15||St. Louis, U.S.A.||59.23|
|16||Joao Pessoa, Brazil||58.4|
|21||Sao Luis, Brazil||53.05|
|27||Feira de Santana, Brazil||45.5|
|32||New Orleans, U.S.A.||41.44|
|34||Gran Barcelona, Venezuela||40.08|
|36||Vitória da Conquista, Brazil||38.46|
|39||Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil||36.16|
|40||Campina Grande, Brazil||36.04|
|41||Durban, South Africa||35.93|
|42||Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa||35.85|
|43||Porto Alegre, Brazil||34.73|
|47||Johanesburgo, South Africa||30.31|
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: [World Atlas]