15 Countries with the Highest Deaths and Murders – Ranked!

Posted by , Updated on June 23, 2024

The list here, called ‘Ranked! 15 Countries with the Highest Death and Murder Rates,’ might sound pretty grim. But, admit it, we’ve all wondered about this stuff before. Some places are super safe for travelers, while visiting others can feel like a wild gamble!

Many countries on this list have homicides that might leave you breathless. If you do decide to throw caution to the wind and go to some of these places, then please take all precautions to ensure your safety. If anything, you can go in knowing what you’re getting yourself into. Here are 15 Countries with the Highest Deaths and Murders – Ranked!


St. Lucia

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St. Lucia is located in the West Indies and although it’s a tourist spot by many Americans, it has a homicide rate of 21.56 per 100,000 people. Yet, if you’re thinking about vacationing there, St. Lucia is still safe.


St Vincent and the Grenadines

St. VincentSource: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/murder-rates-by-country.html

Located in the Lesser Antilles islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines has an average murder rate of 25.61.



bogotaSource: https://www.insightcrime.org/colombia-organized-crime-news/colombia/

Colombia’s murder rate has dropped significantly in the last 30 years, but it’s still relatively high; some of the country is still overrun by guerrilla groups. Colombia has an average murder rate of 26.5 per 100,000 individuals.



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Many sections of Brazil are very beautiful and safe, but there are certain parts where crime, especially murder, is prevalent, such as Sao Paulo. Brazil has an average rate of 26.74. The crime in Brazil has been increasing for the last three years.


The Bahamas

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The Bahamas is probably the first pick for vacationing among families and spring breakers. However, in 2017, it was number 12 on the list of countries with the highest murder rate. On average, it has 29.81 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.


Trinidad and Tobago

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Sadly, Trinidad and Tobago are rife with a crime involving tourists. If you’re a tourist visiting the country, it’s advised that you stay within a group. Most crimes, including murder, happen in deserted areas. The average rate of murder is 30.88 per 100,000 people.



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High amounts of gang activity, drug trafficking, and gun violence are just a few reasons why Guatemala has a high murder rate. They’re reported to have 31.21 murders a year.


Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Saint Kitts and Nevis is actually the smallest country in the Americas and Western Hemisphere, but the murder rate is still very high at 33.55.


South Africa

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South Africa has a murder rate of 34.21 per 100,000 people due to impoverished conditions and a starving population. U.S. citizens have been reported to be victims of robbery and murder.



flagbelizeSource: https://www.tripsavvy.com/crime-and-safety-in-belize-1487754

Belize is another popular vacation destination, but it also has a murder rate of 34.4 per 100,000 people. One of the biggest threats in Belize is gang violence and home invasions.



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A small country located in South Africa, Lesotho has a murder rate of 38 per 100,000 people. Most of the danger is found in urban areas, and tourists are prime victims.



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Jamaica has the 4th highest rate of murder with 43.21 per 100,000 people. The murder rate has remained steady for years. However, at one point, it was 58 per 100,000 people. Even though it dropped, it was still not enough to push it off this list.



protestvenezuelaSource: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/murder-rates-by-country.html

If you watch the news or read a paper, then you know about Venezuela’s ongoing crisis. The country is so poor that money has no value. As one can imagine, it has a murder rate of 57.15 people. Caracas, their capital, is said to be the most dangerous city in the world.



hondurasslumsSource: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/murder-rates-by-country.html

A country located in Central America, between El Salvador and Nicaragua, Honduras has the 2nd largest murder rate per capita with 63.75 homicides per 100,000 people.


El Salvador

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El Salvador has the highest murder rate per capita with 108.64. A huge portion is from gang violence. It’s been a problem ever since their civil war that ended in 1992.

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