The 25 Most Dangerous Cities On Earth…These Are Definitely Not Good Vacation Spots

Posted by on October 31, 2011

Every country has its cities and every city has its slums but as we will see in a moment, not all cities are created equal. Some of these dangerous cities are so bad that simply stepping out of your front door decreases your life expectancy significantly, while in others you may just want to leave your wallet at home. In certain locales, like Norilsk, its not the crime that kills but rather the treacherous environment, and while you may find yourself shaking your head in agreement to some, prepare to be surprised at others. Without further ado, we bring you the 25 most dangerous cities on the planet.


Johannesburg, South Africa

To South Africans, a major point of contention is whether you are more likely to get robbed in Johannesburg or in Cape Town. Although most would probably still point to Johannesburg, after hosting the World Cup and making several attempts to improve its image, the tide may be turning.


Karachi, Pakistan

As one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world it has a history of political and ethnic tension. Suffering heavily from organized crime there are also significant long-standing differences between various populations that often lead to tension and violence. Its also widely known as a human trafficking hotspot and the primary gateway for smuggling sex slaves into the West.


Baghdad, Iraq

To the residents of this city, blood is nothing new. According to Mercer’s 2008 global index this war-torn capital was the most dangerous place in the world. And with a history of violence and war, Saddam’s execution has done little to improve its condition.


Detroit, United States

Topping Forbes list of most dangerous cities in America, “Motor City” averages 1,220 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.


Caracas, Venezuela

The Foreign Policy magazine dubbed Caracas as the “Murder Capital of the World” at the end of 2008. In December of that year alone there were 510 people murdered, and ever since Chavez took the reigns the rate has allegedly increased by 67%.


Guatemala City, Guatemala

Due to a high level of drug violence accompanied by less than adequate political and legal institutions, Guatemala City is one of the most volatile in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors are urged to avoid public transportation and not to look as though they are lost mainly because of drug related violence that can potentially affect tourists and a high prevalence of bus-jacking.


Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

As the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo it is plagued by internal problems such as gang violence, rape, property damage, poor sanitation and disease. To make things worse, it’s surrounded by constant civil unrest due to warring rebel factions as well as a relentless fight to control the nations diamond mines.


Grozny, Chechnya

In 2003 Grozny was named “Most Destroyed City on Earth” by the United Nations. Primarily as a result of two prolonged wars with Russia, most of its residents have either fled or continue to live in the shells of their old homes under constant threat from the mafia and local gangs.


Mogadishu, Somalia

Although it is considered the capital, since the outbreak of the Somali Civil War in 1991 there has been no central government control over most of the country’s territory. Characterized as a failed state, Mogadishu is situated in one of the most lawless parts of the world.


Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

The insanely dangerous border town of Juarez lays claim to one of the highest murder rates in the world. In 2009 2,600 people were killed due to drug related violence alone. The police force is almost non-existent as most of its high-ranking members have been assassinated and not even the military is any match for the powerful drug cartels.

Were you surprised at any of the dangerous cities listed on this list?