Most Dangerous Cities in the World

Whether you travel a lot or only go on vacation every once in a blue moon, it is always important to know about the area you are in. This is even true when you are looking to move somewhere, whether it be permanently or temporarily. You can yield a little less caution in some of the world's safest countries, such as Iceland, New Zealand, and Portugal. With over 4,416 cities in the world, there are seemingly endless places to travel to and cultures to experience around the world.

While you are free to travel at your own risk and visit whatever town suits your interests, we want to give you a heads up on some of the most dangerous cities in the world. This is not a list that ranks all of the world's 4,416 cities, but instead, it looks at the 50 most dangerous cities, where you might want to take extreme caution or avoid visiting altogether.

The world's 50 most dangerous cities are located in 11 countries: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, the United States, and Venezuela. Brazil has the most cities on the list with 17, followed by Mexico with 12. Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela are the only countries with cities in the top ten most dangerous cities. Mexico has five cities, Brazil has three, and Venezuela has two.

The ten most dangerous cities in the world, and their murder rates, are:

  1. Los Cabos, Mexico (111.3 deaths per 100,000)
  2. Caracas, Venezuela (111.2 deaths per 100,000)
  3. Acapulco, Mexico (107.0 deaths per 100,000)
  4. Natal, Brazil (102.6 deaths per 100,000)
  5. Tijuana, Mexico (100.8 deaths per 100,000)
  6. La Paz, Mexico (84.8 deaths per 100,000)
  7. Fortaleza, Brazil (83.5 deaths per 100,000)
  8. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico (83.3 deaths per 100,000)
  9. Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela (80.3 deaths per 100,000)
  10. Belem, Brazil (71.4 deaths per 100,000)
City Country Homicides per 100K 2018 Homicides
TijuanaMexico1382640
AcapulcoMexico111948
CaracasVenezuela1002980
Ciudad VictoriaMexico86314
Ciudad JuárezMexico861251
IrapuatoMexico81473
Ciudad GuayanaVenezuela78645
NatalBrazil751185
FortalezaBrazil692724
Ciudad BolívarVenezuela69264
Cape TownSouth Africa662868
BelémBrazil651627
CancúnMexico64547
Feira de SantanaBrazil63386
St. LouisUnited States61187
CuliacánMexico61585
BarquisimetoVenezuela57683
UruapanMexico55189
KingstonJamaica54639
Ciudad ObregónMexico52179
MaceióBrazil51521
Vitória da ConquistaBrazil51172
BaltimoreUnited States51309
San SalvadorEl Salvador50906
AracajuBrazil49463
CatzacoalcosMexico48162
PalmiraColombia48149
MaturinVenezuela47257
SalvadorBrazil471849
MacapáBrazil47233
CaliColombia471209
CelayaMexico47240
San Pedro SulaHonduras47363
EnsenadaMexico47253
Campos dos GoytacazesBrazil46233
TepicMexico45230
ManausBrazil44944
RecifeBrazil441738
Distrito CentralHonduras43538
San JuanPuerto Rico42143
ValenciaVenezuela42678
ReynosaMexico41295
Guatemala CityGuatemala441411
João PessoaBrazil41460
Nelson Mandela BaySouth Africa39478
DetroitUnited States39261
DurbanSouth Africa391562
TeresinaBrazil38324
ChihuahuaMexico38352
New OrleansUnited States37145

Most Dangerous Cities in the World by Population 2022