The latest UN data shows that many cities may be as dangerous as war zones. And the most risky of all is San Pedro Sula, officially the most violent city in the world outside the Middle East and warzones. This one million city in Honduras had more than 1,200 killings in a year. Gunfight between police and drug gangs is a regular situation in San Pedro Sula.
Stay away. Next on the listing of world’s most dangerous cities are Acapulco, the tourist place in Mexico, with yearly 142 murders per 100,000 residents. Then comes Caracas in Venezuela, Torreon in Mexico, Macelo in Brazil, Santiago de Cali in Colombia, Nuevo Laredo in Mexico, Joao Pessao in Brazil and Kingston, Jamaica. A total of 328 people were murdered in Kingston in 2011
While nearly 60,000 people die in wars every year, an estimated 480,000 are killed, mostly by guns, in cities around the world.
No murder. Three world cities – all in Europe – saw no murder in the latest years, according to used figures: Liechtenstein’s capital Vaduz, Valetta in Malta and Monte Carlo. In 2011 there were 100 killings in London, a number that has been in pretty consistent decline. European and North American cities are likely to remain relatively safe.