List of cities by homicide rate

The following article is a list of cities sorted by homicide rates in the world. The homicide rate of a city is an imprecise tool for comparison, as the population within city borders may not best represent an urban or metropolitan area with varying rates in different areas.

Tijuana, Mexico, the city with the highest per capita homicide rate in the world
Cape Town, South Africa has the highest homicide rate by death toll
Caracas, Venezuela, the city with the highest homicide rate in South America

Rankings (2019)

The following 50 cities have the highest homicide rates in the world of all cities not at war, with a population of at least 300,000 people, and all relevant data available online.[1][2]

This list reproduces the lists in the two cited sources, and does not incorporate data from other sources.

Rank City Country Homicides
(2019)
Population
(2019)
Homicides
per 100,000
per year
1 Tijuana   Mexico 2,367 1,763,197 134.24
2 Juárez   Mexico 1,522 1,455,923 104.54
3 Uruapan   Mexico 301 351,823 85.54
4 Irapuato   Mexico 723 895,515 80.74
5 Obregón   Mexico 281 348,154 80.72
6 Caracas   Venezuela 2,134 2,858,933 74.65
7 Acapulco   Mexico 600 837,914 71.61
8 Cape Town   South Africa 3,065 4,488,545 68.28
9 St. Louis   United States 194 300,576 64.54
10 Vitória da Conquista   Brazil 205 341,597 60.01
11 Baltimore   United States 348 593,490 58.64
12 Ciudad Guayana   Venezuela 462 799,255 57.80
13 Kingston   Jamaica 680 1,180,771 57.59
14 Feira de Santana   Brazil 349 614,872 56.76
15 San Pedro Sula   Honduras 436 789,645 55.21
16 San Juan   United States 172 318,441 54.01
17 Ensenada   Mexico 275 527,584 52.12
18 Ciudad Bolívar   Venezuela 189 370,627 51.01
19 Cuernavaca   Mexico 470 923,274 50.91
20 Celaya   Mexico 262 526,166 49.87
21 Culiacan   Mexico 472 955,340 49.41
22 Natal   Brazil 645 1,334,817 48.32
23 Salvador, Bahia   Brazil 1,657 3,490,792 47.47
24 Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth)   South Africa 553 1,207,485 45.80
25 Cancún   Mexico 376 825,647 45.54
26 Cali   Colombia 1,176 2,599,468 45.24
27 Rio Branco   Brazil 183 407,319 44.93
28 Caruaru   Brazil 160 361,118 44.31
29 Guatemala City   Guatemala 1,420 3,265,546 43.48
30 Zacatecas   Mexico 151 351,397 42.95
31 Barquisimeto   Venezuela 489 1,161,709 42.11
32 Chihuahua   Mexico 391 937,233 41.70
33 Distrito Central (Tegucigalpa)   Honduras 516 1,259,646 40.96
34 Detroit   United States 273 670,031 40.74
35 Durban   South Africa 1,577 3,890,001 40.54
36 Manaus   Brazil 878 2,182,763 40.22
37 Palmira   Colombia 124 312,507 39.68
38 Morelia   Mexico 325 819,361 39.65
39 Ciudad Victoria   Mexico 139 363,577 38.27
40 Guadalajara   Mexico 1,932 5,073,583 38.07
41 Reynosa   Mexico 248 679,229 36.57
42 Johannesburg   South Africa 2,078 5,738,536 36.21
43 Minatitlán   Mexico 132 369,213 35.75
44 Cúcuta   Colombia 303 852,014 35.56
45 Recife   Brazil 1,422 3,999,817 35.55
46 Valencia   Venezuela 486 1,371,267 35.41
47 León   Mexico 697 1,987,335 35.07
48 Maturin   Venezuela 184 526,243 34.98
49 Fortaleza   Brazil 1,365 3,959,923 34.47
50 Maceió   Brazil 347 1,018,948 34.05


By country

Number of cities by country represented in the table
Country No. of cities
  Mexico 19
  Brazil 10
  Venezuela 6
  South Africa 4
  United States 4
  Colombia 3
  Honduras 2
  Jamaica 1
  Guatemala 1

Other statistics

City Country Homicides Population Homicides per 100,000 Year
Fresnillo   Mexico 486 240,532 202.05 2021[3]
Zamora   Mexico 447 227,331 196.63 2021[3][4]
Obregón   Mexico 592 380,000 155.77 2021[4]
Los Cabos   Mexico 397 351,111 113.00 2022[5]
Ensenada   Mexico 374 341,000 109.67 2021[3]
Tijuana   Mexico 2,124 2,181,000 97.39 2021[6]
Irapuato   Mexico 823 866,370 94.99 2021[7]
Ciudad Juárez   Mexico 1,455 1,540,000 94.48 2021[6]
St. Louis   United States 264 300,576 87.83 2021[7]
Petersburg   United States 24 33,428 76.90 2020[8]
Uruapan   Mexico 259 356,786 72.59 2021[7]
Flint   United States 57 80,628 70.70 2021[9]
Ciudad Bolívar   Venezuela 264 382,095 69.09 2018[10]
Fortaleza   Brazil 1,808 2,687,000 67.27 2021[6]
Belém   Brazil 1,627 2,491,052 65.31 2018[10]
Cancún   Mexico 547 848,465 64.47 2018[10]
Celaya   Mexico 444 690,000 64.35 2021[3]
Kingston   Jamaica 798 1,243,000 64.17 2021[11]
Cape Town   South Africa 2,947 4,604,986 64.00 2021[7]
Natal   Brazil 569 896,708 63.45 2021[6]
Cumaná   Venezuela 225 360,436 62.42 2021[7]
Mossoró   Brazil 187 300,618 62.21 2021[7]
Ciudad Guayana   Venezuela 471 758,490 62.10 2021[7]
Salvador   Brazil 1,789 2,886,698 61.97 2021[6]
Feira de Santana   Brazil 382 624,107 61.21 2021[12]
Culiacan   Mexico 511 856,000 59.70 2021[3]
León   Mexico 1,097 1,849,000 59.33 2021[6]
Zacatecas   Mexico 214 361,347 59.22 2021[7]
Baltimore   United States 338 576,498 58.60 2021[13]
Morelia   Mexico 488 849,053 57.48 2021[3]
Pine Bluff   United States 23 40,951 56.50 2020[8]
Port Moresby   Papua New Guinea 137 254,200 54.00 2022[14]
Valencia   Venezuela 448 834,000 53.72 2020[15]
Acapulco   Mexico 529 992,000 53.33 2021[3]
Caracas   Venezuela 1,417 2,682,801 52.82 2021[7]
Vitória da Conquista   Brazil 179 341,128 52.47 2021[7]
New Orleans   United States 202 390,144 51.78 2021[7]
Nelson Mandela Bay   South Africa 621 1,213,060 51.19 2021[7]
Maturin   Venezuela 254 497,723 51.03 2021[7]
San Salvador   El Salvador 906 1,800,336 50.32 2018[10]
Saginaw   United States 24 44,058 50.20 2020[8]
Birmingham   United States 98 197,575 49.60 2021[9]
Aracaju   Brazil 463 949,342 48.77 2018[10]
Memphis   United States 306 628,127 48.70 2021[16]
Cuernavaca   Mexico 436 896,688 48.62 2021[7]
Coatzacoalcos   Mexico 162 335,077 48.35 2018[10]
Trenton   United States 40 90,662 48.20 2020[8]
Rio de Janeiro   Brazil 3,245 6,748,000 48.09 2022[14]
Palmira   Colombia 149 310,608 47.97 2018[10]
Detroit   United States 303 632,568 47.90 2021[16]
Macapá   Brazil 233 493,634 47.20 2018[10]
Harrisburg   United States 23 50,069 46.70 2020[8]
Manaus   Brazil 1,072 2,302,000 46.57 2021[6]
Baton Rouge   United States 102 224,480 46.50 2020[8]
Campos dos Goytacazes   Brazil 233 503,424 46.28 2018[10]
Wilmington   United States 32 70,750 45.23 2021[9]
Tepic   Mexico 230 512,387 44.89 2018[10]
Riviera Beach   United States 16 37,600 44.70 2020[8]
Cali   Colombia 1,241 2,810,000 44.16 2021[6]
Cleveland   United States 162 367,991 44.02 2021[9]
Guatemala City   Guatemala 1,411 3,226,974 43.73 2018[10]
Durban   South Africa 1,727 3,981,205 43.38 2021[7]
Rio Branco   Brazil 173 413,418 41.85 2021[7]
Reynosa   Mexico 295 711,130 41.48 2018[10]
João Pessoa   Brazil 460 1,112,304 41.36 2018[10]
Alexandria   United States 19 45,229 41.30 2020[8]
San Pedro Sula   Honduras 330 801,259 41.19 2021[7]
Colima   Mexico 135 328,471 41.10 2021[7]
Monroe   United States 19 47,663 40.30 2020[8]
Maceió   Brazil 404 1,025,360 39.40 2021[7]
Port-au-Prince   Haiti 387 987,310 39.22 2021[11]
San Juan   Puerto Rico 126 326,953 38.57 2021[11]
Guadalajara   Mexico 529 1,385,629 38.18 2021[3]
Pretoria   South Africa 282 741,651 38.00 2022[14]
Chihuahua   Mexico 408 1,076,000 37.92 2021[3]
Johannesburg   South Africa 2,223 5,866,550 37.90 2022[14]
Cúcuta   Colombia 325 861,000 37.75 2021[7]
Tegucigalpa   Honduras 481 1,276,738 37.67 2021[6]
Shreveport   United States 69 184,021 37.50 2021[9]
Barquisimeto   Venezuela 402 1,095,161 36.71 2021[7]
Recife   Brazil 1,521 4,175,000 36.43 2021[6]
Caruaru   Brazil 133 365,278 36.41 2021[7]
Mexicali   Mexico 415 1,140,000 36.40 2021[3]
Portsmouth   United States 34 98,015 36.10 2020[8]
Philadelphia   United States 563 1,576,000 35.70 2021[13]
Ciudad Victoria   Mexico 124 349,688 35.46 2021[7]
Richmond (VA)   United States 81 226,604 35.75 2021[9]
Rochester   United States 76 210,606 35.14 2021[9]
Teresina   Brazil 302 868,075 34.79 2021[7]
Minatitlán   Mexico 109 314,348 34.67 2021[7]
Milwaukee   United States 195 569,330 34.30 2021[16]
Dayton   United States 46 138,060 32.80 2020[8]
North Charleston   United States 38 115,771 32.30 2020[8]
Atlanta   United States 159 496,461 32.00 2021[16]
Washington   United States 227 712,816 31.85 2021[17]
San Bernardino   United States 68 221,784 31.40 2020[8]
Florence   United States 12 39,919 31.10 2020[8]
Oakland   United States 134 433,823 30.90 2021[13]
Kankakee   United States 8 24,127 30.90 2020[8]
Kansas City   United States 156 508,394 30.70 2021[16]
Louisville   United States 192 628,594 30.50 2021[16]
North Little Rock   United States 20 64,665 30.20 2020[8]
Chicago   United States 798 2,697,000 29.60 2021[13]
Little Rock   United States 59 201,998 29.21 2021[9]
Cincinnati   United States 87 308,935 28.16 2021[9]
South Bend   United States 28 103,527 27.40 2020[8]
Indianapolis   United States 239 882,039 27.10 2021[16]
Danville   United States 8 29,097 26.50 2020[8]
Douglasville   United States 9 34,807 26.20 2020[8]
Warren   United States 10 39,097 26.00 2020[8]
Hartford   United States 31 120,576 25.71 2021[9]
Sumter   United States 10 43,342 25.30 2020[8]
Hallandale Beach   United States 10 41,091 24.90 2020[8]
Dania Beach   United States 8 31,701 24.60 2020[8]
Rocky Mount   United States 13 54,248 24.30 2020[8]
Atlantic City   United States 9 38,430 24.00 2020[8]
Hazelwood   United States 6 25,455 24.00 2020[8]
Miami Gardens   United States 26 109,792 23.64 2019[18]
Las Vegas   United States 152 646,790 23.50 2021[16]
Dover   United States 9 39,554 23.40 2020[8]
Peoria   United States 25 110,507 22.53 2019[18]
Columbus (OH)   United States 203 906,528 22.40 2021[16]
Toledo   United States 60 268,508 22.35 2021[9]
Minneapolis   United States 94 425,336 22.10 2021[16]
Columbia   United States 29 132,165 21.68 2019[18]
Akron   United States 41 189,347 21.65 2021[9]
Albuquerque   United States 120 562,599 21.30 2021[16]
Savannah   United States 31 147,088 21.08 2021[9]
Columbus (GA)   United States 41 196,074 20.94 2019[18]
Tuscaloosa   United States 21 101,897 20.77 2019[18]
Houston   United States 464 2,288,000 20.30 2021[16]
Montgomery   United States 37 197,977 18.54 2019[18]
Newark   United States 56 307,220 18.23 2021[9]
Chattanooga   United States 33 182,828 18.15 2019[18]
New Haven   United States 24 135,081 17.77 2021[9]
Buffalo   United States 49 276,807 17.70 2021[9]
Augusta   United States 35 198,014 17.69 2019[18]
Tucson   United States 93 543,242 17.10 2021[13]
High Point   United States 19 113,063 16.77 2019[18]
Dallas   United States 212 1,288,000 16.50 2021[16]
Shreveport   United States 17 103,353 16.45 2021[9]
Greensboro   United States 49 298,263 16.43 2021[9]
Beaumont   United States 19 116,421 16.03 2019[18]
Richmond (CA)   United States 17 110,150 15.38 2019[18]
West Palm Beach   United States 17 112,028 15.07 2019[18]
Norfolk   United States 36 243,581 14.83 2019[18]
Bakersfield   United States 60 407,615 14.70 2021[13]
Nashville   United States 99 692,587 14.60 2021[16]
Pittsburgh   United States 43 300,431 14.31 2021[9]
Tulsa   United States 59 411,401 14.30 2021[16]
Albany   United States 14 98,617 14.20 2021[9]
Denver   United States 100 711,463 14.10 2021[16]
Durham   United States 39 285,527 13.66 2021[9]
Newport News   United States 24 179,736 13.53 2019[18]
Jacksonville   United States 128 954,614 13.40 2021[13]
Paterson   United States 19 145,234 13.08 2019[18]
Fresno   United States 71 544,510 13.00 2021[13]
Springfield   United States 20 153,404 12.96 2019[18]
Portland   United States 83 641,162 12.90 2021[16]
Fayetteville   United States 27 212,093 12.76 2019[18]
Fort Worth   United States 118 935,508 12.60 2021[16]
Syracuse   United States 18 146,103 12.32 2021[9]
Phoenix   United States 198 1,625,000 12.20 2021[13]
Oklahoma City   United States 82 687,725 11.90 2021[16]
Bridgeport   United States 17 144,556 11.73 2019[18]
Knoxville   United States 22 187,532 11.66 2019[18]
San Antonio   United States 168 1,452,000 11.60 2021[16]
Fort Lauderdale   United States 21 182,937 11.37 2019[18]
Hampton   United States 15 135,048 11.26 2019[18]
Charlotte   United States 98 879,709 11.10 2021[16]
Providence   United States 21 189,692 11.07 2021[9]
Sacramento   United States 57 525,041 10.90 2021[13]
Fort Wayne   United States 29 265,974 10.90 2021[9]
Miami   United States 47 439,890 10.70 2021[13]
Los Angeles   United States 396 3,849,000 10.30 2021[13]
Lexington   United States 33 321,793 10.26 2021[9]
Aurora   United States 39 389,347 10.02 2021[9]
Mexico City   Mexico 917 9,209,944 9.96 2021[6]
Stockton   United States 32 322,120 9.93 2021[9]
Tampa   United States 36 387,050 9.30 2021[9]
Charleston   United States 14 151,612 9.23 2021[9]
Winston-Salem   United States 23 250,320 9.19 2021[9]
Austin   United States 79 964,177 8.20 2021[16]
Long Beach   United States 37 456,062 8.10 2021[13]
Salt Lake City   United States 16 200,478 7.98 2021[9]
Colorado Springs   United States 38 483,956 7.90 2021[16]
Orlando   United States 22 309,154 7.12 2021[9]
San Francisco   United States 56 815,201 6.90 2021[13]
Omaha   United States 32 487,300 6.60 2021[13]
Thunder Bay   Canada 7 108,843 6.35 2020[19]
Honolulu   United States 21 345,510 6.08 2021[9]
New York   United States 491 8,468,000 5.80 2021[13]
Wichita   United States 23 395,699 5.80 2021[16]
Regina   Canada 13 226,404 5.67 2021[20]
Seattle   United States 41 733,919 5.60 2021[16]
Tallinn   Estonia 24 441,000 5.50 2019[21]
Boston   United States 36 654,776 5.50 2021[16]
Raleigh   United States 26 469,124 5.50 2021[16]
Kaunas   Lithuania 21 383,764 5.40 2017[22]
Spokane   United States 12 229,071 5.24 2021[9]
Glasgow   Scotland 32 627,479 5.10 2019[21]
Mesa   United States 25 509,475 4.90 2021[16]
Arlington   United States 19 392,786 4.80 2021[16]
Vilnius   Lithuania 25 538,000 4.70 2019[21]
San Diego   United States 63 1,382,000 4.60 2021[16]
El Paso   United States 30 678,415 4.40 2021[16]
Moscow   Russia 512 12,200,000 4.20 2019[21]
Klaipėda   Lithuania 7 172,272 3.90 2017[22]
Marseille   France 30 860,000 3.50 2017[22]
Podgorica   Montenegro 7 200,000 3.50 2019[21]
Belfast   Northern Ireland 11 345,418 3.30 2019[21]
Riga   Latvia 23 632,614 3.30 2019[21]
Kiev   Ukraine 95 2,973,000 3.20 2019[21]
San Jose   United States 31 983,489 3.20 2021[13]
Virginia Beach   United States 14 457,672 3.10 2021[16]
Zürich   Switzerland 13 434,335 3.00 2019[21]
Debrecen   Hungary 6 202,000 3.00 2017[22]
Brussels   Belgium 31 1,208,542 2.80 2019[21]
Lincoln   United States 8 292,657 2.73 2021[9]
Celje   Slovenia 1 38,000 2.60 2017[22]
Amsterdam   Netherlands 16 844,947 2.20 2017[22]
Tampere   Finland 5 236,000 2.20 2017[22]
Chandler   United States 6 279,458 2.15 2021[9]
Manchester   United Kingdom 11 553,230 2.00 2022[23]
Birmingham   United Kingdom 21 1,149,000 1.84 2022[23]
Istanbul   Turkey 282 15,460,000 1.81 2019[24]
Plano   United States 5 288,253 1.73 2021[9]
Toronto   Canada 48 2,990,856 1.62 2020[19]
McKinney   United States 3 202,690 1.48 2021[9]
Chula Vista   United States 4 277,220 1.44 2021[9]
London   United Kingdom 124 9,046,000 1.38 2022[25][23]
Sheffield   United Kingdom 8 584,028 1.34 2022[23]
Leeds   United Kingdom 10 792,525 1.24 2022[23]
Bradford   United Kingdom 7 536,986 1.24 2022[23]
Liverpool   United Kingdom 6 496,784 1.19 2022[23]
Montreal   Canada 20 1,762,949 1.11 2021[20]
Budapest   Hungary 15 1,764,000 0.85 2019[26]
Sunderland   United Kingdom 3 344,000 0.75 2022[23]
Newcastle   United Kingdom 2 300,200 0.75 2022[23]
Glendale   United States 1 192,366 0.52 2021[9]

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