9/14/17 – Deadly Cities

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The State Department issued a travel warning for anyone heading to Mexico.

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

It warned Americans of “violent crimes, including homicide.”

According to the U.N.’s 2013 Global Study on Homicide, Mexico’s murder rate was 21.5 per 100,000 people.

Nations not actively engaged in war* that have the highest homicide rates are Honduras with 90.4 murders per 100,000 people.

City                                                    per 100,000

  1.           Honduras                                             90.4
  2.           Venezuela                                            53.7
  3.            Belize                                                  44.7
  4.            El Salvador                                        41.2
  5.           Guatemala                                           39.9
  6.          Haiti                                                      39.3
  7.           Jamaica                                                39.3
  8.           Swaziland                                            33.8
  9.           Saint Kitts & Nevis                            33.6
  10.          Colombia                                              30.8

 [*For these purposes, we didn’t include Afghanistan or Syria.]

Consider this:

Chicago has a reputation as the nation’s murder capital. And for good reason.  More people have been murdered there since 2001 than Americans died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Combined.

But, it’s not the worst.

According to non-profit news organization, the Trace, the top five deadliest cities with at least a quarter-million people are New Orleans with 46.9 murders per 100,000 people.

City                                                    per 100,000

New Orleans                                        46.9

Detroit                                                  45.0

St Louis                                                 43.8

Baltimore                                              38.1

Oakland                                                 23.9

The top four would make the top 10 list of deadliest nations on Earth.

By comparison, Mexico doesn’t seem nearly as dangerous.

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