Race and Crime: The Most Dangerous Cities in the World

The clear link between race and crime has been highlighted once again with the release of the 2016 rankings of the world’s most dangerous cities—and the fact that every single one of them, including those in the U.S.—have majority nonwhite populations.

The new list of the 50 most dangerous cities, compiled from official government policing figures, has been published on the Canadian-based Worldatlas news service, and shows that the worst crime rates appear in the cities with the largest racially mixed populations.

Eight of the 50 most dangerous cities—including the top ranked one—are in Venezuela, two are in Honduras, one is in El Salvador, five are in Mexico, three are in Colombia, four are in South Africa, one in Jamaica, 21 in Brazil, four in the USA, and one in Guatemala.

According to the figures, Caracas, Venezuela, has risen to the number one spot with 119.87 murders per 100,000. That city surged ahead of San Pedro Sula in Honduras, which formerly held top place with 171.2 murders per 100,000 people in 2015 (this rate has since dropped to 111.03 in 2016).

The report said that “some of the factors that may be to blame” for the murder rates that measure over 100 include illegal drug distribution, extensive poverty, and gangs.

For example, a rise in mass killings and escalating violence between gang members has resulted in the murder rate of San Salvador practically doubling in a year from 61.21 to 108.54, allowing it to take the third spot.

August was the most violent month in San Salvador, with more than 900 killings, including an unprecedented 52 deaths registered in a single day.

The other two cities that complete the top five most dangerous places in the world are Acapulco, Mexico and Maturin, Venezuela.

Four cities in the United States have a place among the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world (on the basis of murder per capita statistics). St. Louis ranks 15th on the list with a murder rate of 59.23 per 100,000 inhabitants, a rise from 2015’s rate of 49.93, making it the most dangerous urban area in the country.

The city is also present in rankings based on considerations for other crimes—the Missouri city has a burglary rate of 606.9 per 100,000 and an aggravated assault rate of 317.7 per 100,000. This has led many to the conclusion that St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the U.S.

Also of note is Baltimore, Maryland’s position on the list. In 2015, it was ranked 40th with a murder rate of 33.92. For 2016, however, it rose to 19th with a murder rate of 54.98 per 100,000 people.

Detroit is the third city included in the 2016 ranking of the world’s most dangerous cities in terms of murder rates. With its 43.89 murders per 100,000 people, it is a bit further down the list than St. Louis, but is still classified a dangerous place. Factoring in all violent crime Detroit tops the list of the most dangerous cities in the United States.

Although Chicago is often cited as the most dangerous urban area in the United States, even with a near record-breaking 762 murders in 2016, the murder rate remains at 28.2, making its position fall further on the list.

New Orleans falls further down with 41.44 murders per 100,000 residents a year.

The most dangerous cities in the world, as listed according to ranking, name, and murder rate per 100,000 people, are as follows:

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     Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela     62.33

12     Fortaleza, Brazil     60.77

13     Natal, Brazil     60.66

14     Salvador, Brazil     60.63

15     St. Louis, U.S.A.     59.23

16     Joao Pessoa, Brazil     58.4

17     Culiacan, Mexico     56.09

18     Maceio, Brazil     55.63

19     Baltimore, U.S.A.     54.98

20     Barquisimeto, Venezuela     54.96

21     Sao Luis, Brazil     53.05

22     Cuiaba, Brazil     48.52

23     Manaus, Brazil     47.87

24     Cumana, Venezuela     47.77

25     Guatemala, Guatemala     47.17

26     Belem, Brazil     45.83

27     Feira de Santana, Brazil     45.5

28     Detroit, U.S.A.     43.89

29     Goiania, Brazil     43.38

30     Teresina, Brazil     42.64

31     Vitoria, Brazil     41.99

32     New Orleans, U.S.A.     41.44

33     Kingston, Jamaica     41.14

34     Gran Barcelona, Venezuela     40.08

35     Tijuana, Mexico     39.09

36     Vitória 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     30.5

47     Johanesburg, South Africa     30.31

48     Macapa, Brazil     30.25

49     Maracaibo, Venezuela     28.85

50     Obregon, Mexico     28.29

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    I suppose the conclusion is that warmongers tend to be rich countries and get off lightly.

  2. You've got to be more specific, though. None are Japanese, Indian, Chinese, and these countries have some of the largest cities in the world…

  3. Solzhenitsyn asserts that since 1917, the Bolsheviks, continuing under assassin Stalin, through and even after WW2, systematically executed, and inside (and outside) their thousands of Gulags, worked, starved and froze to death, SIXTY-SIX million people, not all, but most of them CHRISTIANS (whom the Bolsheviks hated). This mass death was THE LARGEST REAL "HOLOCAUST" in modern history – but totally unknown today by most Americans, British and western Europeans and absent from our school books.

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