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The 50 most dangerous cities in the world revealed – and 21 are in the same country

The list assesses homicide rates of cities across the globe, excluding active war zones, and reveals the locations

A demonstrator throws an incendiary device during clashes with Venezuelan National Bolivarian Guard (GNB) during a protest against president Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, 27 February 2014.
Clashes: Demonstrator throws petrol bomb during clashes with Venezuelan National Guard in Caracas

These are the most dangerous cities in the world – where a lethal mixture of gang wars, drugs and corruption flares into violence which inflicts misery on millions of residents.

The list assesses the murder rates of cities across the globe, excluding active war zones. Latin America is home to 41 of the 50 cities, with Brazil alone accounting for 21 of the deadly locations. The US has four cities in the list – St Louis, Baltimore, Detroit and New Orleans.

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Venezuela’s capital city Caracas is named the most dangerous city, with a murder rate of one homicide for every 834 people living there in 2015.

Getty ImagesPolice officers arrest people during an operation against gangs in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 26 March 2005.
Dangerous: Police arrest suspects in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
AlamyA demonstrator throws an object during a protest in Altamira, in the municipality of Chacao, east of Caracas, Venezuela, on March 16, 2014.
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More than 6,000 murders are estimated to have been committed in the city last year, as drug gangs run rampant in feuds which have also seen dozens of police officers shot dead. San Pedro Sula, in Honduras, had previously held the dubious title for four years.

San Salvador, in third place, is believed to be home to more than 10,000 gang members and has experienced bloodshed between the infamous MS-13 and Mara 18 gangs.

Getty ImagesMembers of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, offer a press conference at a prison in San Pedro Sula, 240 km north of Tegucigalpa, on May 28, 2013.
Feud: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, offer a press conference at a prison in San Pedro Sula
rAn imprisoned member of street gang Mara 18 poses for a photograph at the Izalco prison, about 65 km (40 miles) from San Salvador May 20, 2013.Reuters
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The gang members are well-known for their tattooed faces which bear their allegiances. The list is compiled annually by the Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice.

The report said: We make this ranking with the political objective of calling attention to the violence in the cities, particularly in Latin America, so that their governments are under pressure to improve their obligation to protect their citizens, to guarantee their right to public security,’ said Citizens’ Council in the report.”

Getty ImagesCloseup on one of the corpses of two murdered men found near the Costera Avenue in Acapulco, Mexico, on February 5, 2011.
Bloodshed: The scene after murdered men are found in Acapulco, Mexico

The ranking only takes into account cities with a population of more than 300,000.

The 50 most dangerous cities in the world (murder rate per 100,000 residents)

  1. Caracas, Venezuela – 119.87
  2. San Pedro Sula, Honduras – 111.03
  3. San Salvador, El Salvador – 108.54
  4. Acapulco, Mexico – 104.73
  5. Maturin, Venezuela – 86.45
  6. Distrito Central, Honduras – 73.51
  7. Valencia, Venezuela – 72.31
  8. Palmira, Colombia – 70.88
  9. Cape Town, South Africa – 65.53
  10. Cali, Colombia – 64.27
  11. Cuidad Guayana, Venezuela – 62.33
  12. Fortaleza, Brazil – 60.77
  13. Natal, Brazil – 60.66
  14. Salvador, Brazil – 60.63
  15. St Louis, Missouri, U.S. – 59.23
  16. Joao Pessoa, Brazil – 58.40
  17. Culiacan, Mexico – 56.09
  18. Maceio, Brazil – 55.63
  19. Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. – 54.98
  20. Barquisimeto, Venezuela – 54.96
  21. Sao Luis, Brazil – 53.05
  22. Cuiaba, Brazil – 48.5
  23. Manaus, Brazil – 47.87
  24. Cumana, Venezuela – 47.77
  25. Guatemala City, Guatemala – 47.17
  26. Belem, Brazil – 45.83
  27. Feira de Santana, Brazil – 45.5
  28. Detroit, Michigan, U.S. – 43.89
  29. Goiania, Brazil – 43.38
  30. Teresina, Brazil – 42.64
  31. Vitoria, Brazil – 41.99
  32. New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. – 41.44
  33. Kingston, Jamaica – 41.14
  34. Gran Barcelona, Venezuela – 40.08
  35. Tijuana, Mexico – 39.09
  36. Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil – 38.46
  37. Recife, Brazil – 38.12
  38. Aracaju. Brazil – 37.7
  39. Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil – 36.16
  40. Campina Grande, Brazil – 36.04
  41. Durban, South Africa – 35.93
  42. Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa – 35.85
  43. Porto Alegre, Brazil – 34.73
  44. Curitiba, Brazil – 34.71
  45. Pereira, Colombia – 32.58
  46. Victoria, Mexico – 30.50
  47. Johannesburg, South Africa – 30.31
  48. Macapa, Brazil – 30.25
  49. Maracaibo, Venezuela – 28.85
  50. Obregon, Mexico – 28.29

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