Nearly Half of the 50 Most Violent Cities In the World Are In the US and Mexico

Nearly Half of the 50 Most Violent Cities In the World Are In the US and Mexico
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“…[F]or I have seen violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it." - Psalm 55:9,10

There is a Mexican NGO called the Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y la Justicia Penal, A.C. (Citizen Council for Public Security and Penal Justice).

This NGO releases an annual list of the world’s 50 most violent cities.

The list does not include cities located in war zones.

To qualify for the list, a city (or metropolitan area) must have at least 300,000 inhabitants.

The calculations are based on the rate of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

Of the 50 most violent cities on the 2023 list, 46 were in the Western Hemisphere.

The only exceptions were four cities in South Africa.

The country with the most violent cities on the list was our neighbor to the south, Mexico, with 16. In second place was Brazil, with 10 cities, followed by Colombia with eight.

The United States of America was #4 on the list with six cities.

Honduras had two cities on the list. Haiti, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica each had one city on the list.

The Central American nation of El Salvador had no cities on the list. Its president Nayib Bukele made an amazing discovery – if you put criminals in jail they can’t commit crimes against the general population.

The #1 most violent city on the 2023 list was Colima, Mexico. In 2023, this metropolitan area with 328,527 inhabitants had 461 homicides, which is a rate of 140.32 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

Last year, Colima was also #1 on the 2022 list.

From 2022 to 2023, Colima’s population decreased and its homicide rate and total went down. In 2022, the population was 330,329, with 601 homicides, at a rate of 181.94 per 100,000 residents.

Ciudad Obregon, also in Mexico, was #2 on the latest list with a rate of 117.83 per 100,000.

Mexico had seven cities in the top 10: #1 Colima, #2 Ciudad Obregon, #4 Zamora, #5 Manzanillo, #6 Tijuana, #7 Zacatecas, and #10 Ciudad Juarez.

Note that #6 Tijuana and #10 Ciudad Juarez are both located on the border with the United States. That should make Americans feel secure.

Other Mexican cities on the list were #12 Celaya, #13 Cuernavaca, #15 Acapulco, #18 Uruapan, #20 Irapuato, #23 Leon, #35 Chihuahua City, #40 Cancun, and #45 Morelia.

In 2022, Mexico had 17 cities in the top 50, while in 2023, it had 16. So I guess you have to say that’s a slight improvement, but still very bad.

Also in 2022, Mexico had nine of the top 10 cities, while in 2023, it had seven. Once again, a slight improvement, but still very bad.

Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince was #3 on the list, with a homicide rate of 117.24 per 100,000.

Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil was #8 with 88.82 per 100,000.

South Africa’s most violent city was Mandela Bay at #9, with a rate of 78.33 per 100,000.

The most violent city in the U.S.A. was Memphis at #14, with a homicide rate of 69.66 per 100,000.

That means that Memphis is more violent than all but 13 cities in the world.

Memphis was followed by New Orleans at #22, Baltimore at #28, Cleveland at #30, Detroit at #32, and our glorious capital city of Washington, D.C. at #36.

There is a lot of violence in our country and in our hemisphere. Policymakers should do what they can to reduce it.

For starters, I just don’t think that letting in millions of unvetted foreigners is going to improve the situation.

NOTE: On March 3, I was interviewed by Silvio Canto, Jr. on Canto Talk. Among other things we discussed the 2024 Mexican presidential election and of course the U.S.-Mexico border. You can watch or listen to the interview here.

You can find more of Allan Wall's work at his website and Mexico News Report.

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