50 most violent cities on Earth (Joburg isn’t there; 3 other SA cities are)

Cape Town is the 20th most violent city in the world and the most violent in Africa, according to a ranking compiled by Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice.

The tourist mecca records an average of 50.94 homicides per 100 000 residents.

Nelson Mandela Bay, ranked 41st in the world with 35.76 homicides per 100 000 residents, is the second most violent city in Africa with Durban, ranked 48th overall with 32.42 homicides per 100 000 residents, in third place.

Latin America is, by far, the most violent region on the planet while the US is the only developed country with multiple cities in the top-50.

The most violent cities on Earth (murders per 100 000 residents in brackets) are:

  1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras (187.14)

  2. Caracas, Venezuela (134.36)

  3. Acapulco, Mexico (112.8)

  4. Cali, Colombia (83.2)

  5. Maceió, Brazil (79.76)

  6. Distrito Central, Honduras (79.42)

  7. Fortaleza, Brazil (72.81)

  8. Guatemala City, Guatemala (68.4)

  9. João Pessoa, Brazil (66.92)

  10. Barquisimeto, Venezuela (64.72)

  11. Palmira, Colombia (60.86)

  12. Natal, Brazil (57.62)

  13. Salvador (and RMS), Brazil (57.51)

  14. Vitoria, Brazil (57.39)

  15. São Luís, Brazil (57.04)

  16. Culiacán, Mexico (54.57)

  17. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela (54.27)

  18. Torreón, Mexico (54.24)

  19. Kingston, Jamaica (52.83)

  20. Cape Town, South Africa (50.94)

  21. Chihuahua City, Mexico (50.12)

  22. Victoria, Mexico (49.22)

  23. Belém, Brazil (48.23)

  24. Detroit, United States of America (46.99)

  25. Campina Grande, Brazil (46)

  26. New Orleans, United States of America, (45.08)

  27. San Salvador, El Salvador (44.74)

  28. Goiânia, Brazil (44.56)

  29. Cuiabá, Brazil (43.95)

  30. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico (42.9)

  31. Manaus, Brazil (42.53)

  32. Santa Marta, Colombia (42.44)

  33. Cúcuta, Colombia (42.22)

  34. Pereira, Colombia (39.81)

  35. Medellin, Colombia (38.06)

  36. Baltimore, United States of America (37.77)

  37. Juárez, Mexico (37.59)

  38. San Juan, Puerto Rico (37.40)

  39. Recife, Brazil (36.82)

  40. Macapá, Brazil (36.59)

  41. Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (35.76)

  42. Maracaibo, Venezuela (35.44)

  43. Cuernavaca, Mexico (34.91)

  44. Belo Horizonte, Brazil (34.73)

  45. St. Louis, United States of America (34.14)

  46. Aracaju, Brazil (33.36)

  47. Tijuana, Mexico (32.5)

  48. Durban, South Africa (32.42)

  49. Port-au-Prince, Haiti, (30.05)

  50. Valencia, Venezuela (30.04)

The ranking doesn't count deaths in war zones or cities with unavailable data.

Listen to the Soundcloud clip for more detail.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Tom Moyane’s lawyer to represent Peter Moyo in battle with Old Mutual

Tom Moyane’s lawyer to represent Peter Moyo in battle with Old Mutual

Bruce Whitfield interviews Eric Mabuza who will represent the dismissed Old Mutual CEO in a court challenge against his firing.

How long to keep tax records available for inspection in South Africa

How long to keep tax records available for inspection in South Africa

Should you keep them "forever"? Tax expert Chris Sloane on the requirement to keep tax records available for inspection by Sars.

US drug policy expert recommends legalisation of dagga in South Africa

US drug policy expert recommends legalisation of dagga in South Africa

“The benefits of legalisation exceed the disadvantages,” says drug policy expert Ethan Nadelmann.

Meet the woman behind South Africa’s tsunami of returning expats

Meet the woman behind South Africa’s tsunami of returning expats

We interview Angel Jones who, in 2003, founded the Homecoming Revolution.

How to turn a dilapidated inner-city crime hotspot into a hipster hangout

How to turn a dilapidated inner-city crime hotspot into a hipster hangout

Meet the man behind the Maboneng precinct in Joburg’s CBD and learn about his plans for creating a community of 20 000 residents.

Crime Stats Reveal SA is less safe than it was 2 years ago: Nathi Nhleko

Crime Stats Reveal SA is less safe than it was 2 years ago: Nathi Nhleko

Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko on the Crime Stats which were released today.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Detective stops press conference to pounce on a man running past

[WATCH] Detective stops press conference to pounce on a man running past

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

President Cyril Ramaphosa's new dawn is more like old Vaseline, says Eusebius

President Cyril Ramaphosa's new dawn is more like old Vaseline, says Eusebius

Eusebius McKaiser reacts to Mosebenzi Zwane, Faith Muthambi and Bongani Bongo being announced as parliamentary committee chairs.

Two people report surviving Tshwane homeless killer - police

Two people report surviving Tshwane homeless killer - police

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters says CCTV footage will be used to identify the killer.

Tom Moyane’s lawyer to represent Peter Moyo in battle with Old Mutual

Tom Moyane’s lawyer to represent Peter Moyo in battle with Old Mutual

Bruce Whitfield interviews Eric Mabuza who will represent the dismissed Old Mutual CEO in a court challenge against his firing.

[WATCH] A group of men load impala carcass in taxi at Kruger National Park

[WATCH] A group of men load impala carcass in taxi at Kruger National Park

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Innovative medical glue replaces stitches and staples

Innovative medical glue replaces stitches and staples

Bio-Technology Ph.D. student at the Israel Institute of Technology Alona Shagan explains device similar to a standard glue gun.

[VIDEO] DA's Van Damme accuses family of racism, V&A Waterfront apologises

[VIDEO] DA's Van Damme accuses family of racism, V&A Waterfront apologises

The Democratic Alliance MP claims she was subjected to a racist tirade at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront and wants action taken.

I’ve never seen anything like this! – Simon Brown on Old Mutual vs Peter Moyo

I’ve never seen anything like this! – Simon Brown on Old Mutual vs Peter Moyo

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Simon Brown, Financial Educator at Just One Lap.

[WATCH] Mabena's lack of agility has social media in stitches, we are Mabena!

[WATCH] Mabena's lack of agility has social media in stitches, we are Mabena!

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.