Mérida: the safest city in Mexico (National Institute of Statistics and Geography survey)

Ecatepec (Estado de México), Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz), Naucalpan (Estado de México), Villahermosa (Tabasco), Tapachula (Chiapas) and Uruapan (Michoacán), were qualified as the most dangerous cities to live in Mexico, as revealed by a survey conducted on citizens over 18 by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).

With a percentage of 97.4, 94.3, 94, 92.4, 92.3 and 88.9 percent, respectively, the residents of these cities declared themselves afraid of living in those places.

Of all of Mexico, 73.9 percent of the respondents considered that the city where they live is unsafe; a percentage slightly lower than that registered in March 2019, registering 75.9 percent of insecurity at the national level.

The citizens claim that the place where they feel more insecure are the ATMs located in the middle of the street, in the second place is the public transport vehicles (and the Metro), then inside a bank and in the streets that they usually walk to carry out their daily activities.

At a national level, the National Survey of Urban Public Security (ENSU) of Inegi revealed that 34.9 percent of households had at least one victim of robbery and/or extortion during the first semester of 2019.

It was also reported that in the same period of time 15.5 percent of the population had contact with a public security authority, of which 47.3 percent said they had been the victim of an act of corruption.

Women are the most affected by the insecurity that exists in Mexico, since 78.7 percent fear for their lives; men registered 68.2 percent.

On the other hand, the cities with the least perception of insecurity were: San Pedro Garza García (Nuevo León), Mérida (Yucatán), San Nicolás de los Garza (Nuevo León), Los Cabos (Baja California Sur), Durango (Durango) and Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco); with 18.9, 30.2, 31.5, 36.1, 40.8 and 43.1 percent, respectively.

Source: INEGI