Most often when we want to find out information on a certain city in the world, the crime degree reported by the authorities is among the priorities to analyze. The Economist made a list of the cities with the greatest number of murders per 100,000 inhabitants. As expected, the states with the lowest levels of economic development and highest poverty rates are leaders of this not in the least honorable list.

The cities in South and Central America are the most dangerous ones

On the list drafted by The Economist, the capital of Venezuela, namely Caracas, is at the top. The factors which put this metropolis at the top of the list are intimately correlated with the current economic situation: Venezuela is one of the most important oil-exporting states, and with the collapse of the oil price quotations on the international stock markets, the Caracas administration found itself facing a genuine social and economic nightmare.

According to the data, in 2015, against this background of poverty and insecurity, there were approximately 120 murders per 100,000 citizens in Caracas in 2015.

There are also many cities from South America on the list. Honduras and El Salvador reported over 100 murders per the same 100,000 inhabitants specimen. Cities in Brazil and Argentina are also mentioned in the ranking. The generalized tragedy in the South American favelas is well-known.

The most dangerous cites in the United States

Although the number of crimes is proportional to the level of development and to the degree of poverty, there are also certain exceptions. Thus, some metropolises in the United States have also earned their place in this death hierarchy.

According to the statistics, cities such as St. Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Detroit reported approximately 50 to 60 homicide cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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This can be alarming, still, let us not forget that the city of Detroit, for instance, has been dealing with an immense unemployment rate for years, which has led to an exponential increase in crime.