14 Most Dangerous Cities In The world You’ve Probably Never Know Before

Published on August 11, 2022
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Travelling is fun and relaxing. People search for places where they can enjoy their vacations peacefully. But a huge concern about vacations is travelling to a safe city. It is crucial to ask this question. Even look for any kind of violations when you decide to travel to a specific city. So, to make it easier for you, we have created a list of the 14 most dangerous cities in the world. This list is based on the number of murders per 100,000 people in a specific city.

Watch out for the dangerous cities!

14. Acapulco, Mexico

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Population: 687,608

Murder rate per 100K: 111

Poverty rate: 44.5%

It is a shocking fact that around 6 murders in a day are reported in Mexican city. Nobody is there to confirm it but no one can deny it too. Thus, it gives us the idea how dangerous it is to visit this place. The murder rate is increasing rapidly. Furthermore, official statistics of Acapulco gave a number that 108 people are expected to be killed for every 100,000 people living in the city.

13. Tijuana, Mexico

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Population: 1.8 million

Murder rate per 100K: 138

Poverty rate: 27.6%

Tijuana is known to the world for its horrible crimes. It is located on the U.S border. Besides the fact that this city is located close to United States, it has a high rate of murders. Furthermore, official statistics of Acapulco gave a number that 100 people are expected to be killed for every 100,000 people living in the city. it is horrible to know that fact that 1% of the people of Tijuana are expected to be killed. It is not less than a shock that how these both cities are big tourist attractions but they are dangerous.

12. Belem, Brazil

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Population: 2.08

Murder rate per 100K: 67

Poverty rate: 70%

This city is getting worse day by day due to increase in drug trade. The high drugs rate of Belem also led to increase in the number of murders. Because we all know that crimes run in a circle; leading to one another. This city is currently dealing with the issue of policing. Even with over two million people, this city is not going to settle the issue of policing. Furthermore, official statistics of Belem gave a number that more than 70 people are expected to be killed for every 100,000 people living in the city, just like Vitoria da Conquista.

11. Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil

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Population: 341,128

Murder rate per 100K: 51

Poverty rate: unknown

Just like Tijuana, this city is known to the world for its organized crimes. It is one of the most dangerous city in the world according to homicide statistics. Vitoria da Conquista has small population but high crimes. Furthermore, official statistics of this city gave a number that more than 70 people are expected to be killed for every 100,000 people living in the city.

10. Maceio, Brazil

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Population: 1.025 million

Murder rate per 100K: 51

Poverty rate: unknown

The largest state of Alagoas is Maceio which is one of the most dangerous city in the world. Maceio is a coastal town and attracts many tourists and residents for is beautiful view. However, the number of homicides in this city are increasing horribly. Furthermore, official statistics of this city gave a number that more than 63 people are expected to be killed for every 100,000 people living in the city.

9. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

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Population: 877,547

Murder rate per 100K: 78

Poverty rate: Unknown

Venezuela is a popular tourist spot. However, it is not safe as it seems. If you are planning to travel to this city, then you have to be careful of your things. Because guess what? The people who are supposed to protect you are corrupt. You cannot trust the police of Ciudad Guayana. The underground areas of this city are most dangerous. Do not go near these areas. Furthermore, official statistics of this city gave a number that more than 80 people are expected to be killed for every 100,000 people living in the city.

8. Natal, Brazil

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Population: 890,490

Murder rate per 100K: 102.6

The police of this city is no better than robbers. Many policemen try to bribe and harass tourists. Many tourists confirmed it too. It is no surprise that the city with such corrupt police have a huge number of murders. Furthermore, official statistics of Natal gave a number that 1,300 people are expected to be killed for every 1,300,000 people living in the city.

7. Los Cabos, Mexico

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Population: 202,694

Murder rate per 100K: 138.26

According to the rates of homicides, this city is the official most violent city in the world. Tourists have a list which they call a ‘no-go’ destinations. Los Cabos comes at the top of this list. It is because this city is filled with criminal gangs. Furthermore, official statistics of Los Cabos gave a number that 300 people are expected to be killed for every 300,000 people living in the city. The city have less population but high crime rates. There are always on going gang turf wars, keeping the security away.

6. Fortaleza, Brazil

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Population:

Murder rate per 100K:

Fortaleza is a beautiful tourist spot famous for its beaches and red cliffs. While the beauty of this city keeps calling tourists towards it, the high crime rates keeps them away. Due to high rates of homicides, it is advised to remain in certain tourists spots only. You should never go anywhere else other than tourist spots in this city. Furthermore, official statistics of Fortaleza gave a number that 83 people are expected to be killed for every 100,000 people living in the city.

5. La Paz, Mexico

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Population: 250,141

Murder rate per 100K: 85

This city have high crime rates due to high cocaine consumption. La Paz consists of many drug gangs who get in fights on small matters, resulting in death. Tourists have reported many cases of scams in La Paz. This city has small population  but high crime rates. Furthermore, official statistics of this city gave a number that 85 people are expected to be killed for every 305,000 people living in the city.

4. Culiacan, Mexico

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Population: 1 million

Murder rate per 100K: 61

In Mexico, Culiacan is the most dangerous city. As this city has high crime rates, locals avoid going out at night. However, it is somehow safe to explore this city in the morning. Culiacan has such a poor murders record. So, 70 people for every 100,000 are expected to be killed in this city.

3. Caracas, Venezuela

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Population: 2.939 million

Murder rate per 100K: 111

All we can say is that it is not a safe place to travel. Why? Because this city has one of the most corrupt police in the world known as Metropolitan Police Force. The statistics of Human Rights Watch says that 1 of 5 crimes in Caracas are committed by police. So, this is one of the important reason why crimes in this city are increasing day by day. Besides this, the homicide rate of this city are also high. Furthermore, official statistics of this city gave a number that 111 people are expected to be killed for every 3,000,000 people living in the city.

2. Cape Town, South Africa

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Population: 4.618

Murder rate per 100K: 66

South Africa has managed to regain its place in the world after the end of Apartheid. But the racial issue is still there to some extent. This city is located on the South West Coast of South Africa. 2,493 number of murders were recorded in Cape Town, last year. So, it means that more than 60 people will be killed for every 100,000 people living in the city.

1. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico

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Population: 305,115

Murder rate per 100 K: 86

This is the last most dangerous city we have on our list. Tourists are not advised to go to Ciudad Victoria. Also, the local people are surviving in this city with difficulty. Because the gang warfare made is tough for the people to live in the city. Although, the population of this city is small, 330,000. It means that 91 people will be killed per 100,000 people living in the city.

You must be thinking that Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico are the most dangerous cities in the world. It is true that they are dangerous but there are many more dangerous counties in the world too. On the list of most dangerous countries in the world, Brazil ranks 48th, Venezuela 20th, and Mexico at 24th place.

The most dangerous country in the world is Afghanistan. However, due to war-torn, the cities of Afghanistan are not considered as dangerous. Also, this country is ranked as most dangerous on the basis of warfare but not for crimes.

Tips for Safety

Always remember the following four tips no matter where you are travelling to. All you have to do is to

  • Avoid areas in war
  • Listen to government travel advisories
  • Be smart
  • Avoid areas that are involved in drug activities
  • Don’t go out in dark when you are in a city of high crime rates

Be careful, be safe!

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