Top 10 Most Violent Cities In The World
10. Baltimore, Maryland
Most Violent Cities In The World Though the city has seen a slight decrease in its murder rate from last year, it remains to be one of the most violent places in the United States due to its high level of drug and gang related violence.
9. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Though mugging and pick pocketing are two of the biggest issues confronted by the local government of Santo Domingo today, reports of violence against foreigners and car theft are also significantly increasing. Local criminals often target tourists from other countries, that is why foreigners in this part of the country are advised to exercise caution all the time.
8. Muzaffarabad, Pakistan
It is ironic that despite being labeled as “a paradise on earth,” this city in Pakistan is also considered one of the most violent places in the world. High level organized crime, terrorism, abduction and drug trafficking are all common in Muzaffarabad.
7. Sana’a, Yemen
Ever since the Mercer Survey in December 2012, the security situation in this city in Yemen has considerably deteriorated due to political uprisings. The political instability of Sana’a is said to be the reason why it has turned into a hub of terrorism. Today, residents of this city are advised to leave while commercial carriers are still flying here.
6. Mogadishu, Somalia
This part of Somalia is often associated with military offensive attacks committed by terrorists. In 2010, an attack was launched against the Transitional Federal Government and African Union, killing hundreds. That same year, a roadside bomb explosion was also reported to have damaged three civilian minibuses and killed nine people. Violent incidences such as this are a common occurrence here.
5. Maceio, Brazil
In 2011, Maceio had a homicide rate of 1564. Though world-renowned for its pristine beaches, this city is also known for its significant crime rate. The favelas, or slums, are wracked with violent, drug related crime.
4. Karachi, Pakistan
Most of the terrorist attacks that were reported in Pakistan from 2011 to 2012 took place in Karachi. The largest city in Pakistan is known to be wracked with lawlessness and crime as it is overrun by all sorts of violence, including gang shootings and suicide bombings.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has been ranked as one of the deadliest cities not just in the United States but also in the world. Just in 2012, this city had 193 reported murders, accounting for its 53.5 murder rate for every 100,000 citizens. Through the years, this city has been struggling against high levels of gang crimes typically associated with the rampant use of illegal firearms among its residents.
2. Baghdad, Iraq
Since the 20th century, Baghdad has suffered from its highly unstable political climate. It has consistently been dubbed as one of the most dangerous places on earth because of the constant bombings and counter bombings here, which have destroyed most of the city’s infrastructure. Suicide bombings and seemingly random gunfire is fairly common in Baghdad.
1. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Ciudad Juarez in Mexico has recently been dubbed as “the most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones.” Since 2008, the number of crimes committed within the city has increased significantly. Just in 2008, 1,400 murders and 2,500 drug-related deaths were reported.