These Are the Most Murderous Cities in the World
In a new study Latin American takes 41 of the top 50 most murderous cities slots.
Caracas — and Venezuela generally — has long been a lethal place. The country has a national murder rate of 54, according to the 2013 UN survey, 10 times that of the US.
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But US residents have reason to worry, too. Theirs is the only developed nation to have cities featured in the top-50 list, and several of those cities are worse-off this year: St. Louis (No. 15, up four places from 2014), Baltimore (No. 19, up 21 places), Detroit (No. 28, up six) and New Orleans (No. 32, down eight).
The Venezuelan capital ranked as the second most murderous city in the world in the 2014 Mexican study. It rose in 2015 to the top spot largely due to a dip in the bloodshed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras’s gang-ravaged second city that was previously the world’s most homicidal.