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These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017
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A Brazilian drug gang member nicknamed Giant, 17, poses with a gun atop a hill overlooking a slum in Salvador, Bahia State, April 11, 2013. Reuters
In 2017, Latin America retained the ignominious distinction of having the most cities on Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities.
Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America, including 17 in Brazil, 12 in Mexico, and five in Venezuela. Colombia had three, Honduras had two, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one.
The region's violence is in large part driven by drug trafficking and organized crime— in Mexico, fragmentation of criminal groups has stoked more bloodshed in recent months. Insecurity is also exacerbated by political instability, poverty, and poor economic conditions. Corruption, abuses by officials, and impunity also facilitate crime.
The ranking contains cities with populations of more than 300,000 and does not count deaths in combat zones or cities with unavailable data, so some dangerous cities don't appear on the list
The Council also estimates homicide rates for some cities based on incomplete data.
In Venezuela, for example, the government has not consistently released homicide data (though it did for 2016), and in the past the Council has estimated based on entries at the Bello Monte morgue, which draws from an area larger than Caracas and doesn't only include homicides. The Council was also unable to gather 2017 full-year data for the city, leading it to calculate last year's tally based on previous estimates. Two other cities in Venezuela were excluded from this year's ranking because there was no reliable homicide data for them.
Here's the top 50:
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50. Cucuta, Colombia, had 34.78 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Colombians arrive at the Simon Bolivar bridge after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered increased deportations, in Cucuta, Colombia, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Manuel Hernandez
In 2017, Cucuta had a population of 833,743 people and 290 homicides.
49. Vitoria, Brazil, had 36.07 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Police officers carry a body during a military-police strike in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil, February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
In 2017, Vitoria had a population of 1,960,213 people and 707 homicides.
48. Teresina, Brazil, had 37.05 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Residents on a street that was flooded by the Poti River in Teresina in the northeastern Brazilian state of Piaui on May 8, 2009. Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
In 2017, Teresina had a population of 850,198 people and 315 homicides.
47. Campina Grande, Brazil, had 37.29 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A municipal health worker sprays insecticide to kill Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread the Zika virus, in Campina Grande, which appears to be the epicenter of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, February 12, 2016. AP Photo/Felipe Dana
In 2017, Campina Grande had a population of 410,332 people and 153 homicides.
46. Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, had 37.53 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Police officers ride their horses toward a man sitting in a park in Port Elizabeth, in South Africa's Nelson Mandela municipality, June 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
In 2017, Nelson Mandela Bay had a population of 1,263,051 people and 474 homicides.
45. Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil, had 37.53 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A worker cuts sugar cane in Campos dos Goytacazes in Rio de Janeiro state, November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
In 2017, Campos dos Goytacazes had a population of 490,288 people and 184 homicides.
44. Durban, South Africa, had 38.12 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Striking workers of the South African Municipal Workers Union marching through Durban in 2011. Reuters
In 2017, Durban had a population of 3,661,911 population and 1,396 homicides.
43. Mazatlan, Mexico, had 39.32 homicides per 100,000 residents.
The hands of a dead man on a sidewalk in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, October 22, 2011. A man was shot dead outside his home by two gunmen, according to local media. REUTERS/Stringer
In 2017, Mazatlan had a population of 488,281 people and 192 homicides.
42. Detroit had 39.69 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Police officers outside the scene of a multiple shooting in Detroit in 2013. AP
In 2017, Detroit had a population of 672,795 people and 267 homicides.
41. New Orleans had 40.10 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Orleans Parish mounted police officers marching down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter announcing the official end of Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2006. Reuters
In 2017, New Orleans had a population of 391,495 people and 157 homicides.
40. Macapa, Brazil, had 40.24 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Security officers around the coffin of yachting legend Peter Blake prior to being loaded on a Brazilian air force plane in Macapa, December 9, 2001. Blake was killed by pirates on December 6, 2001. REUTERS/Gilmar Nascimento/AE
In 2017, Macapa had a population of 474,706 people and 191 homicides.
39. Porto Alegre, Brazil, had 40.96 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Riot policemen detain two men during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Porto Alegre June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
In 2017, Porto Alegre had a population of 4,268,083 people and 1,748 homicides.
38. Reynosa, Mexico, had 41.95 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Mexican federal police patrol the border city of Reynosa, Mexico, January 10, 2008. AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills
In 2017, Reynosa had a population of 701,525 people and 294 homicides.
37. Palmira, Colombia, had 46.65 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A soldier standing guard alongside explosives confiscated by soldiers during a raid in Palmira, Colombia. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga
In 2017, Palmira had a population of 308,669 people and 144 homicides.
36. Tepic, Mexico, had 47.09 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A bullet-ridden SUV after a gun battle in which a man identified as head of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel and several accomplices were killed by Mexican marines, in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, February 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Arias)
In 2017, Tepic had a population of 503,330 people and 237 homicides.
35. Distrito Central, Honduras, had 48 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A member of a forensic team looks at blood on the floor at a repair shop where three men were shot dead by unknown attackers, in Comayaguela, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
In 2017, Distrito Central had a population of 1,224,897 people and 588 homicides.
34. Manaus, Brazil, had 48.07 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Police officers stand below members of different Amazonian tribes who occupied the headquarters of Brazil's Indian affairs bureau, protesting a court decision to evict them from a nearby plot of land, in Manaus in 2013. Reuters
In 2017, Manaus had a population of 2,130,264 people and 1,024 homicides.
33. Barquisimeto, Venezuela, had 48.23 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A rescue worker walks with an unidentified injured man during an uprising at the Centro Occidental (Uribana) prison in Barquisimeto, January 25, 2013. A jail riot broke out after news of an inspection to confiscate weapons at the prison. REUTERS/Diario el Informador
In 2017, Barquisimeto had a population of 1,335,348 people and 644 homicides.
32. San Juan, Puerto Rico, had 48.70 homicides per 100,000 residents.
National Guardsmen arrive at Barrio Obrero in Santurce to distribute water and food among those affected by the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 24, 2017. Carlos Giusti/AP
In 2017, San Juan had a population of 347,052 people and 169 homicides.
31. Ciudad Obregón, Mexico, had 48.96 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Patrons eat at a taco stand next to the body of a man on the pavement, in Ciudad Obregon, August 10, 2010. According to local media, the man died after a heart attack. Reuters
In 2017, Ciudad Obregon had a population of 339,000 people and 166 homicides.
30. João Pessoa, Brazil, had 49.17 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Authorities in João Pessoa, Brazil. Flickr/Ben Tavener
In 2017, João Pessoa had a population of 1,126,613 people and 554 homicides.
29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 49.48 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Demonstrators wearing paper masks with the name of one of the missing 43 Ayotzinapa trainee teachers march in Chihuahua, November 15, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
In 2017, Chihuahua had a population of 929,884 people and 460 homicides.
28. Cali, Colombia, had 49.59 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Colombian police officers arresting three men during a raid, at Comuna 20 in Cali in 2013. Reuters
In 2017, Cali had a population of 2,542,876 people and 1,261 homicides.
27. Valencia, Venezuela, had 49.74 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Venezuelan army tanks take part in a military parade to celebrate the 188th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo in Valencia, some 112 miles west of Caracas, June 24, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
In 2017, Valencia had a population of 1,576,071 people and 784 homicides.
26. San Pedro Sula, Honduras, had 51.18 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A man lies dead on the floor of a shoe shop in the San Francisco neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, September 7, 2010. Two gunmen killed 18 people in an incident reportedly related to drugs. REUTERS/Diario La Prensa/Handout
In 2017, San Pedro Sula had a population of 765,864 people and 392 homicides.
25. Salvador, Brazil, had 51.58 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Police patrolling in the Nordeste de Amaralina slum complex in Salvador, Bahia State, Brazil, in 2013. Reuters
In 2017, Salvador had a population of 4,015,205 people and 2,071 homicides.
24. Guatemala City, Guatemala, had 53.49 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Policemen escort suspected drug trafficker Jairo Orellana at Aurora international airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 24, 2015. REUTERS/Josue Decavele
In 2017, Guatemala City had a population of 3,187,293 people and 1,705 homicides.
23. Maturin, Venezuela, had 54.43 homicides per 100,000 residents.
The skyline in Maturin, Venezuela, with the cathedral in the background. BLMurch/Flickr
In 2017, Maturin had a population of 600,722 people and 327 homicides.
22. Recife, Brazil, had 54.96 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A demonstrator chasing vandals during a protest against the Confederations Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Recife City in 2013. Reuters
In 2017, Recife had a population of 3,965,699 people and 2,180 homicides.
21. Baltimore had 55.48 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Police stand in formation as a curfew approaches in Baltimore, April 29, 2015. Associated Press/Patrick Semansky
In 2017, Baltimore had a population of 614,664 people and 341 homicides.
20. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, had 56.16 homicides per 100,000.
Forensic technicians at a crime scene where unknown assailants left the body of a man wrapped in blankets on the side of a road on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
In 2017, Ciudad Juarez had a population of 1,448,859 people and 814 homicides.
19. Feira de Santana, Brazil, had 58.81 homicides per 100,000 residents.
The phrase "against the organization of misery," a reference to the work of Pablo Neruda, written on a wall in Feira de Santana, Brazil. Andrevruas/Wikimedia Commons
In 2017, Feira de Santana had a population of 627,477 people and 369 homicides.
18. Aracaju, Brazil, had 58.88 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Prisoners on the roof of the Advogado Antonio Jacinto Filho state prison, with military police officers gathered nearby, in Aracaju, Brazil, in 2012. Secretaria de Estado de Seguranca Publica de Sergipe/AP
In 2017, Aracaju had a population of 951,073 people and 560 homicides.
17. San Salvador, El Salvador, had 59.06 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Police investigators and forensic technicians at a crime scene where two construction workers were killed in San Salvador, El Salvador, October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
In 2017, San Salvador had a population of 1,789,588 people and 1,057 homicides.
16. Kingston, Jamaica, had 59.71 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Jamaican police officers patrolling a market area near the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, in 2010. Hans Deryk/Reuters
In 2017, Kingston had a population of 1,180,771 people and 705 homicides.
15. Cape Town, South Africa, had 62.25 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Police officers firing on demonstrators in 2013 during a strike by farm workers at De Doorns on the N1 highway linking Cape Town and Johannesburg. Reuters
In 2017, Cape Town had a population of 4,004,793 people and 2,493.
14. Maceio, Brazil, had 63.94 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Hooded police officers on strike standing guard at a balcony during a clash with Brazilian troops in downtown Maceio, in the northern state of Alagoas, some 1,500 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, in 1997. AP
In 2017, Maceio had a population of 1,029,129 people and 658 homicides.
13. St. Louis had 65.83 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A man seen in early 2014 during rioting after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Reuters
In 2017, St. Louis had a population of 311,404 people and 205 homicides.
12. Culiacan, Mexico, had 70.10 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A Mexican marine looks at the body of a gunman next to a vehicle after a gun fight in Culiacan, Mexico, February 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)
In 2017, Culiacan had a population of 957,613 people and 671 homicides.
11. Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil, had 70.26 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Vitória da Conquista, seen at night in 2012. JP Negri/Wikimedia Commons
In 2017, Vitoria da Conquista had a population of 348,718 people and 245 homicides.
10. Belem, Brazil, had 71.38 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Demonstrators clash with police during an anti-government protest in Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil, June 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities in protests reflecting widespread anger at poor public services, police violence, and government corruption. Reuters
In 2017, Belem had a population of 2,441,761 people and 1,743 homicides.
9. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, had 80.28 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Nicolas Maduro arriving to a campaign rally at the state of Amazonas, April 6, 2013. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
In 2017, Ciudad Guayana had a population of 906,879 people and 728 homicides.
8. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, had 83.32 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A soldier standing guard at the site of a car-bomb attack outside the broadcaster Televisa in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. Reuters
In 2017, Ciudad Victoria had a population of 361,078 people and 301 homicides.
7. Fortaleza, Brazil, had 83.48 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Police officers searching participants of a demonstration in Fortaleza, Brazil. REUTERS/Stringer/Brazil/Nereu Jr
In 2017, Fortaleza had a population of 3,917,279 people and 3,270 homicides.
6. La Paz, Mexico, had 84.79 homicides per 100,000 residents.
La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state in northwest Mexico, February 8, 2017. Cvmontuy/Wikimedia Commons
In 2017, La Paz had a population of 305,455 people and 259 homicides.
5. Tijuana, Mexico, had 100.77 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Policemen stand guard as forensic investigators work on the exhumation of a mass grave believed to have been used to bury unidentified victims of drug violence, in Tijuana, Mexico, August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes
In 2017, Tijuana had a population of 1,882,492 people and 1,897 homicides.
4. Natal, Brazil, had 102.56 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Riot policemen do a head count of inmates during an uprising at Alcacuz prison in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte state, Brazil, January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
In 2017, Natal had a population of 1,343,573 people and 1,378 homicides.
3. Acapulco, Mexico, had 106.63 homicides per 100,000 residents.
A police officer inspects a body as another body is carried away after they were shot in central Acapulco, Mexico, August 29, 2017. AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez
In 2017, Acapulco had a population of 853,646 people and 910 homicides.
2. Caracas, Venezuela, had 111.19 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Demonstrators scuffle with security forces during an opposition rally in Caracas, Venezuela, April 4, 2017. Thomson Reuters
In 2017, Caracas had a population of 3,046,104 people and 3,387 homicides.
1. Los Cabos, Mexico, had 111.33 homicides per 100,000 residents.
Soldiers walk near tourists on the beach in Los Cabos, June 16, 2012. G20 leaders gathered for two days of meetings in the Pacific resort. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
In 2017, Los Cabos had a population of 328,245 people and 365 homicides.
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PS:I know,I know it says Cabo is #1 but probably means San Jose Del Cabo half an hour away and La Paz is up there and they have very small populations compared to a lot of bigger cities so murder #'s are smaller than large cities but comes out in the statistics as a higher # per 100,ooo population.It has gotten quiet in Baja Sur so that may have changed.What's amazing is how many are in Latin America almost all of them and even a few in the USA.What's interesting about this article at least in my opinion is it gives the actual number of murders and the populations rather than only number of murders per 100,000.And to think I have visited 10 out of the 50........canadiana
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