50 Most Dangerous Cities In The World 2021 - Brazil Is Named The Most

Hanima Anand |Feb 23, 2021, 14:48

In case you are planning your holidays when the pandemic ends, make sure you refer to this list of most dangerous cities in the world 2021 to avoid these hot spots. Brazil tops most with 7 cities while South Africa follows closely with 6.

It’s common for residents in big cities to feel unsafe sometimes due to the density of the population there. However, to evaluate whether a city is dangerous or not, we need to look at systematic rankings which have been surveyed or researched by reliable organizations. In the post below, we cite two ranking systems of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world in 2021, evaluated by crime index and murder rate.

Caracas The Most Dangerous City In The World
Peaceful as it might seem, this is the world's most dangerous city in terms of crime index.

Top 50 most dangerous cities in the world by crime index

The following ranking is released by Numbeo, a website specialized in rating living standards worldwide. Please note that this index is updated frequently depending on the number of surveyed people. That’s why you may see different statistics on Numbeo Ranking later.

However, for the time being, these are the world’s most dangerous cities by crime rates. Their index might change slightly, but the positions almost remain the same from the beginning of the year.

RankCityCountryCrime Index
2Port MoresbyPapua New Guinea82.08
3PretoriaSouth Africa82.02
4DurbanSouth Africa80.76
5JohannesburgSouth Africa80.59
6San Pedro SulaHonduras80.04
7PietermaritzburgSouth Africa79.98
10Rio De JaneiroBrazil77.54
13Port ElizabethSouth Africa76.02
14Port of SpainTrinidad and Tobago76.01
16BaltimoreUnited States75.10
17Porto AlegreBrazil74.93
18MemphisUnited States74.25
19Cape TownSouth Africa73.55
20DetroitUnited States73.21
21San SalvadorEl Salvador72.45
23Sao PauloBrazil70.38
24Saint LouisUnited States70.34
25AlbuquerqueUnited States69.93
27Mexico CityMexico69.33
29San JuanPuerto Rico69.00
30MilwaukeeUnited States68.55
35Santo DomingoDominican Republic66.82
42Kuala LumpurMalaysia64.88
44ChicagoUnited States64.81
45ClevelandUnited States64.67
47New OrleansUnited States64.54
49BradfordUnited Kingdom64.33

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As can be seen from the table, Caracas in Venezuela is the most dangerous city in the world in 2021 by crime index ranking. The capital of Venezuela is also the largest city of this country and stays very close to the Caribbean Sea. In the homicide rate, Caracas witnesses a shocking record of 111.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Durban Most Dangerous City In South Africa
Durban, South Africa is a hub for not only fun-loving tourists but also lurking criminals.

Another noticeable feature in this rank is the frequency Brazil and South Africa appear on the list. The former accounts for seven out of 50 most dangerous cities in the world while the latter contributes six. Especially, South Africa has 3 cities in top 5 of the world's most dangerous cities. They are Pretoria, Durban, and Johannesburg. Having said that, only Durban records an alarming murder rate in our second list today.

The United States is also a dangerous place for many citizens. It has 6 cities on the list, scattering from number 16 to 50, with Baltimore being the most unsafe area.

Surprisingly, such crowded and multi-cultural societies as China and India do not have any city in this dangerous ranking.

Top 50 most dangerous cities in the world by murder rate

In fact, the rank by Numbeo is collected by their own surveys worldwide. It does not specify which criteria in the crime index they rate, for example, the number or the intensity of crimes. However, the following rank by Statista Research Department published in December 2020 based on the exact murder rate per 100,000 inhabitants in these cities.

Los Cabos Most Dangerous City In The World
Don't let this luxury side of Los Cabos lure you!
RankCityCountryMurder Rate
1Los CabosMexico111.3
6La PazMexico84.8
8Ciudad VictoriaMexico83.3
9Ciudad GuayanaVenezuela80.3
11Vitoria da ConquistaBrazil70.3
13St. LouisUSA65.8
15Cape TownSouth Africa62.3
17San SalvadorEl Salvador59.1
19Feira de SantanaBrazil58.8
20Ciudad JuarezMexico56.2
24Guatemala CityGuatemala53.5
26San Pedro SulaHonduras51.2
30Joa PessoaBrazil49.2
31Ciudad ObregonMexico49.1
32San JuanPuerto Rico49
35Distrito CentralHonduras48
39Porto AlegreBrazil40.9
41New OrleansUSA40.1
44DurbanSouth Africa38.1
45Campos dos GoytacazesBrazil37.5
46Nelson Mandela BaySouth Africa37.5
47Campina GrandeMexico37.3

Not being in the crime index list but Los Cabos, Mexico records the highest homicide rate in the world. In 2020, the murder rate of this city was 138.26 per 100,000 citizens on average. This means every 100,000 people living here, more than 138 victims were killed during the year.

The report also showed most dangerous cities in the world often come from Latin America. South Africa only appears once in this list though it has up to six on the Numbeo ranking.

One more time hardly is there any Asian city named in the list of most dangerous cities in the world.

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