South and Central American cities have dominated a recent report listing the world’s most violent cities.Out of the top 50 cities, a whopping 42 are in South and Central America.However, cities in the United States and South Africa also made the list.Mexico’s Los Cabos has been named as the world’s most violent city with a murder rate of 111.3 per 100,000 residents.
However, civil war-torn Caracas in Venezuela, which was ranked first last year, only just missed out on the top spot, with 111.2 murders per 100,000 residents.Los Cabos is on the southern tip of Baja California and is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations due to its stunning beaches and natural wildlife.Welcoming 1.4 million tourists in 2017, the city of Los Cabos erupted into several violent episodes last year which saw an increased homicide rate.Mexico’s Acapulco, which used to be a vibrant tourism hub, came in third.
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Travel news: Mexico’s Los Cabos has been named as the world’s most violent cityThe once tourist hotspot has now become a violent war zone run by cartels and gangs.Four cities in the United States made the list. The most violent cities include St Louis (Missouri), Baltimore (Maryland), New Orleans (Louisiana) and Detroit (Michigan).St. Louis now has the highest murder rate in the US at 59.3 murders per 100,000, compared to Detroit’s 43.4.The Atlantic coast city of Baltimore has also suffered numerous violent rampages, with more than 1,000 people killed over the last three years.
Travel news: Los Cabos is on the southern tip of Baja CaliforniaFrom South Africa, drought-stricken Cape Town also features, as well as Durban on the east coast and Nelson Mandela Bay.Cape Town is still the most violent city in South Africa, ranking 15th on the list.19 cities are in Brazil, eight are in Mexico and seven in Venezuela.A further three are in Colombia, two in Honduras and one in El Salvador, Guatemala and Jamaica.
The findings came from Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice report.
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