According to a report from Citizen Council for Public Security, Justice, and Peace, a Mexican think tank, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Acapulco, Mexico and Caracas, Venezuela are the three most violent cities in the world when it comes to intentional murder.
Thirty-nine of the 50 cities on the list are in Latin America, according to a story in the New York Daily News. It said, “Around three people are intentionally murdered every day in the northwest Honduran city [of San Pedro Sula]. That’s around 169 homicides per 100,000 residents. These grim statistics place it at the very top of a list of the 50 most violent cities, making San Pedro Sula the alleged murder capital of the world two years in a row.”
The data was compiled by the Citizen Council for Public Security, Justice, and Peace, a Mexican think tank. The organization used intentional homicide statistics from 2012 to draw comparisons, focusing on cities in North, Central, and South America. Middle Eastern cities were not included, according to the Daily News article.
The first American city on the list is New Orleans, which comes in at number 17 with 56 murders for every 100,000 people. Also on the list are Detroit, Mich. (21), St. Louis, M.O. (40), Baltimore, Md. (41), and Oakland, Calif. (43).