Acapulco, Guerrero, is the most violent city in Mexico and the fourth worldwide in number of homicides during 2015, according to a study by the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice (Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y la Justicia Penal).
As the ranking of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world was announced on January 25th, Mérida, Yucatán was not on the list, reflecting its relatively low violent-crime rate.
Acapulco, one of the main tourist centers in the country, is among the top 10 worldwide.
According to this study, the number one most dangerous city in the world is Caracas, Venezuela, with a rate of 119.85 intentional homicides per 100,000 inhabitants; followed by San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with 111.03 killings; the third is San Salvador, El Salvador, with 108.54 homicides; in fourth place we have Acapulco, Mexico, with 104.73; and the fifth most dangerous city according to the study is Maturin, Venezuela, with 86.45 crimes. The top five are all Latin American cities.
It is worth mentioning that, while Acapulco is positioned as the most violent city in the country and fourth worldwide in this study, the crime rate decreased for the first time in recent years in Ciudad Juarez and the city of Chihuahua, which no longer are within the 50 most dangerous cities in the world.
In addition to the tourist port of Acapulco, other Mexican cities among the top 50 are: Culiacán, Sinaloa (17), Tijuana, Baja California (35); Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas (46) and Ciudad Obregón, Sonora (50).
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