Mexico Has Nine of the 20 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

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Soldiers patrol the municipality of Comalapa, Mexico, in September 2023. CARLOS LÓPEZ (EFE)

In 2023, Celaya in Guanajuato was ranked as the most dangerous city in the world with a homicide rate of 109.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.

According to the German statistics portal, Statista, in Mexico, the localities of Celaya, Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Irapuato, and Ensenada lead the list of the 20 most dangerous cities in the world.

The official Statista site explains that “in 2023, Celaya in Mexico was classified as the most dangerous city in the world with a homicide rate of 109.4 per 100,000 inhabitants. The six cities with the highest homicide rates in the world are located in Mexico.”

It should be noted that this list does not include countries where there are wars and conflicts, 9 of the 20 cities recorded with the highest homicide rates during 2023 are from Mexico. The list also includes the cities of Uruapan, Zacatecas, and Acapulco.

The city of Tijuana, located in Baja California, recorded a homicide rate of 105.15 per 100,000 inhabitants last year, according to Statista data. While Ciudad Juárez recorded 103.61 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants; it is noteworthy that both cities border the United States.

Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, had 101.13 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants last year. Irapuato, Guanajuato, the city that ranks 5th among the most dangerous cities in the world, recorded a homicide rate of 94.99 per 100,000 inhabitants.

For its part, Ensenada recorded 90.58 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. In position number 7 is St. Louis in the United States with a homicide rate of 87.83, while Uruapan, Michoacán occupies the eighth place with 72.59.

Zacatecas is in 16th place, with a record of 59.22 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Finally, Acapulco is in 18th place, with a homicide rate of 54.13 last year.

The entities with the most dangerous cities, according to Statista information, were Guanajuato and Baja California, with two cities each.

“Most of the cities on the list are located in Latin America. Latin America also dominates the list of the most dangerous countries in the world. Violence in Latin America is largely caused by drug trafficking, arms trafficking, and gang wars. For example, in 2020, more than 28,000 homicides related to organized crime were recorded in Mexico,” explains the statistics carried out by this portal.

Source: Informador