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.

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