The 15 Most Dangerous Cities in the World


When booking a holiday, the first question that comes to mind is usually “is it a safe city?”. To help you out we’ve created a definitive list of the 15 most dangerous cities in the world. This list has been created using statistics linked to the number of homicides (murders) per 100,000 people in a certain city. Feel free to visit these places at your discretion, but don’t say that we didn’t warn you when things go wrong!

15. Cape Town, South Africa

Police officers firing on demonstrators in 2013 during a strike by farm workers at De Doorns on the N1 highway linking Cape Town

Since the end of Apartheid, South Africa is now being seen in a much more positive light. There is no denying though that there is still a real issue in terms of racial tension within the country itself. Cape Town, on the South West Coast of South Africa, had a huge population of 4,004,793 in 2017. A staggering 2,493 murders were recorded in this year. This means that for every 100,000 people in this area, just over 60 of them will be murdered.

14. Maceió, Brazil

Hooded police officers on strike standing guard at a balcony during a clash with Brazilian troops in downtown Maceio

This is not Brazil’s only entry in this list. Maceio is a large city situated in the coastal state of Alagoas. Even though it is has a university within the city, the amount of homicides in the area is shocking. In 2017 for every 100,000-people living in this city, 63 of them will be killed.

13. St.Louis, United States

A man seen in early 2014 during rioting after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown

Now this is one of the most shocking entries on the list. It is astounding that the United States has an entry on this list considering the wealth of the nation. The town has a vibrant mix of racial distribution and is the second largest city in Missouri. Even so with its population of 311,404, a total of 205 people were murdered in this area in 2017. That means for every 100,000, 65 people are estimated to be murdered.

12. Culiacán, Mexico

A woman walks by a mural that reads in Spanish \\'Wave of violence and blood\\' in Culiacan, the capital city of Mexico\\'s Sinaola state

Like Brazil, Mexico has multiple entries on this list. Culiacan is one of the most dangerous cities in the whole of Mexico. During the day Culiacan is a beautiful place to visit, but even locals do not venture out at night due to the sheer amount of crime. It is not surprising that this city has poor homicide record. For every 100,000 people in Culiacan 70 people will be murdered.

11. Vitória da Conquista, Brazil

A Mexican marine looks at the body of a gunman next to a vehicle after a gun fight in Culiacan, Mexico

Vitoria da Conquista is renowned for being one of the most violent cities in the world, due to the large amount of organised crime in the area. This is reflected in their homicide statistics. Even though they have a relatively small population of 348,000 (2017), there were 245 murders. This means that 70 people are expected to be murdered for every 100,000.