Violent Crime Rates By Country 2020

What country has the highest rate of violent crime?

Violent crime is a crime in which an offender or perpetrator uses or threatens to use force upon a victim. Violent crimes include murder, assault, sexual assault, rape, kidnapping, homicide, manslaughter, and negligence. Violent crime entails both crimes in which the violent act is the objective (murder or rape) and crimes in which violence is the means to an end.

Violent crime rates vary greatly between countries. Although there is no clear reason why crimes are committed, there are numerous factors that affect crime rates. Countries with high crime rates typically have high poverty levels and low job availability. Crime rates tend to be lower in countries with favorable living conditions (wealthy), straight police enforcement, and tough sentences for crimes. There is a strong correlation between age and crime. Most crimes, especially violent crimes, are committed by those ages 20-30.

According to the Global Study on Homicide, 464,000 people died from violent crimes in 2017. The report states that countries with high firearm rates have higher intentional homicide rates.

Some of the lowest violent crime rates can be seen in Europe. Many European countries have violent crime rates of less than 1 incident per 100,000 people. These countries have stricter gun laws and less ownership as well as effective law enforcement.

The table below has each country’s murder and rape rates (number of incidents per 100,000 people. Based on this information, the ten countries with the highest murder rates are:

  1. El Salvador (82.84)
  2. Jamaica (57)
  3. Honduras (41.7)
  4. Belize (37.9)
  5. South Africa (35.9)
  6. Lesotho (41.25)
  7. Brazil (30.5)
  8. Saint Lucia (29.6)
  9. Guatemala (26.1)
  10. Dominica (25.7)

Rape rates only count those that are reported to the police. Around the world, rape and sexual assault are grossly underreported. The ten countries with the highest rape rates are:

  1. South Africa (132.4)
  2. Botswana (92.9)
  3. Lesotho (82.7)
  4. Bermuda (67.3)
  5. Sweden (63.5)
  6. Suriname (45.2)
  7. Costa Rica (36.7)
  8. Nicaragua (31.6)
  9. Grenada (30.6)
  10. Saints Kitts and Nevis (28.6)

South Africa has the highest rape rate in the world of 132.4 reported incidents for every 100,000 people. South Africa’s sexual violence crime rates continue to rise despite enacting the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act in 2007. The South African Medical Research Council conducted a survey reporting that approximately one in four South African men admitted to committing rape.

Reports such as the ones mentioned help governments realize what actions they need to take in order to reduce violent crimes and protect their citizens.

Violent Crime Rates By Country 2020

* Number of rape incidents does not take into account incidents that go unreported to the police.
Country Homicide Rate per 100,000 people Rape per 100,000 people Population 2020
Venezuela56.3328,435,940
United States Virgin Islands49.26104,425
Belize37.606.7397,628
Trinidad And Tobago30.8818.51,399,488
Syria..0.817,500,658
South Africa33.97132.459,308,690
Brazil29.53212,559,417
Tuvalu18.6511,792
Swaziland17.291,160,164
Botswana15.0492.92,351,627
South Sudan13.9011,193,725
Uganda11.522.145,741,007
Togo9.008,278,724
British Virgin Islands8.3730,231
Suriname8.3545.2586,632
Uruguay7.699.83,473,730
Tanzania6.9559,734,218
Zimbabwe6.6725.614,862,924
Yemen6.660.829,825,964
Ukraine6.341.443,733,762
Turks And Caicos Islands5.9338,717
United States5.3527.3331,002,651
Zambia5.3018,383,955
Sudan5.162.943,849,260
Turkey4.311.584,339,067
Somalia4.3115,893,222
Turkmenistan4.220.66,031,200
Solomon Islands3.7711686,884
Thailand3.246.769,799,978
Samoa3.15198,414
Tunisia3.0511,818,619
Uzbekistan3.0033,469,203
Albania2.700.72,877,797
Egypt2.510.1102,334,404
Sierra Leone1.711.47,976,983
Tajikistan1.610.59,537,645
Vietnam1.5297,338,579
Bosnia And Herzegovina1.281.23,280,819
United Kingdom1.2067,886,011
Sweden1.0863.510,099,265
Slovakia1.052.65,459,642
Tonga0.95105,695
United Arab Emirates0.891.59,890,402
Spain0.633.446,754,778
Switzerland0.548,654,622
Brunei0.497.6437,479
Slovenia0.483.12,078,938
Burkina Faso0.3720,903,273
Singapore0.322.75,850,342
Isle Of Man0.0085,033
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines..25.6110,940
Saint Kitts And Nevis..28.653,199
Honduras56.529,904,607
Jamaica47.0124.42,961,167
Lesotho41.2582.72,142,249
Guatemala27.262.917,915,568
Guyana18.3715.5786,552
Ivory Coast11.6326,378,274
Mali10.9020,250,833
Grenada10.2530.6112,523
Haiti10.0411,402,528
Mauritania9.944,649,658
Iraq9.8540,222,493
Guinea8.82113,132,795
Madagascar7.6927,691,018
Laos7.017,275,560
Afghanistan6.3538,928,346
Argentina5.948.545,195,774
Greenland5.3156,770
Lithuania5.256.32,722,289
Kenya4.872.153,771,296
Kazakhstan4.818.418,776,707
Kyrgyzstan4.495.96,524,195
North Korea4.4025,778,816
Lebanon3.990.56,825,445
Latvia3.363.51,886,198
Liberia3.235,057,681
India3.221.81,380,004,385
Guam2.51168,775
Libya2.506,871,292
Iran2.4783,992,949
Azerbaijan2.140.210,139,177
Malaysia2.1132,365,999
Hungary2.072.59,660,351
Mauritius1.823.91,271,768
Kuwait1.804.54,270,571
Malawi1.7319,129,952
Jordan1.55210,203,134
Israel1.3617.68,655,535
Australia0.9428.625,499,884
Malta0.944.7441,543
Ireland0.8010.74,937,786
Maldives0.753540,544
Luxembourg0.7211.9625,978
South Korea0.7013.551,269,185
Italy0.677.660,461,826
Austria0.6610.49,006,398
Bahrain0.524.61,701,575
Indonesia0.50273,523,615
Hong Kong0.381.67,496,981
Iceland0.3024.7341,243
Japan0.281126,476,461
Liechtenstein0.00038,128
Palestine..35,101,414
El Salvador82.84116,486,205
Colombia25.506.850,882,891
Central African Republic19.764,829,767
Mexico19.2613.2128,932,753
Puerto Rico18.512,860,853
Namibia17.142,540,905
Dominican Republic15.1810,847,910
Bermuda12.9667.362,278
Seychelles12.7498,347
Costa Rica11.9036.75,094,118
Cape Verde11.49555,987
Philippines11.026.3109,581,078
Barbados10.9124.9287,375
Russia10.823.4145,934,462
Antigua And Barbuda10.3397,929
Nigeria9.85206,139,589
Panama9.674,314,767
Guinea Bissau9.551,968,001
Republic Of The Congo9.325,518,087
Paraguay9.2967,132,538
Gambia9.132,416,668
Chad9.0416,425,864
Cayman Islands8.4565,722
Dominica8.3771,986
Eritrea8.043,546,421
Gabon8.042,225,734
Papua New Guinea7.858,947,024
Comoros7.70869,601
Peru7.6723.532,971,854
Ethiopia7.56114,963,588
Kiribati7.50119,449
Senegal7.385.616,743,927
Nicaragua7.3731.66,624,554
Djibouti6.48988,000
Bolivia6.3026.111,673,021
Benin6.1812,123,200
Burundi6.0211,890,784
Ecuador5.8510.917,643,054
Mongolia5.6612.43,278,290
American Samoa5.4055,191
Cuba4.9911,326,616
Angola4.8532,866,272
Micronesia4.67115,023
Montenegro4.461.8628,066
Niger4.4424,206,644
Pakistan4.41220,892,340
Cameroon4.172.426,545,863
Belarus3.582.39,449,323
Chile3.4613.319,116,201
Mozambique3.400.231,255,435
Sao Tome And Principe3.36219,159
New Caledonia3.23285,498
Moldova3.1910.34,033,963
Estonia3.1961,326,535
Palau3.1118,094
Gibraltar3.0133,691
Armenia2.980.42,963,243
Sri Lanka2.557.321,413,249
Rwanda2.5212,952,218
Bangladesh2.509.82164,689,383
Equatorial Guinea2.311,402,985
Myanmar2.2754,409,800
Fiji2.26896,445
Nepal2.160.829,136,808
Vanuatu2.13307,145
Belgium1.9527.911,589,623
Aruba1.93106,766
Cambodia1.8416,718,965
Canada1.681.737,742,154
Ghana1.6831,072,940
Saudi Arabia1.5034,813,871
Finland1.4215.25,540,720
Serbia1.390.78,737,371
Algeria1.362.443,851,044
France1.3516.265,273,511
Romania1.254.719,237,691
Morocco1.244.836,910,560
Germany1.189.483,783,942
Bulgaria1.142.86,948,445
Bhutan1.13771,608
Cyprus1.112.51,207,359
Croatia1.043.24,105,267
Georgia0.991.93,989,167
New Zealand0.9925.84,822,233
Denmark0.986.45,792,202
Greece0.751.910,423,054
Poland0.674.137,846,611
Oman0.666.65,106,626
Portugal0.64410,196,709
China0.621,439,323,776
Czech Republic0.614.610,708,981
Netherlands0.559.217,134,872
Norway0.5119.25,421,241
Qatar0.381.82,881,053
French Polynesia0.38280,908
San Marino0.0033,931
Nauru0.0010,824
Monaco0.005.739,242
Andorra0.001.277,265