The countries with the highest murder rates may surprise you. It’s a known fact that the modern world is everything but a safe place. But it’s shocking to see just how unsafe the world can be. On today’s list we are going to take a look around the world using the international homicide rate statistics. Based on the number of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants per year, these statistics will allow us to see which countries have the highest murder rates. Do you want to know which countries have deal with the most murders? Then we present to you the 25 countries with the highest murder rates in the world.
With a population of almost 16 million, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. With an average of about 100 murders committed every month, Guatemala has ranked as the country with the 5th highest homicide rate in the world. In the 1990s, for example, the city of Escuintla had an annual rate of 165 murders per 100,000 people.
A popular Caribbean beach and resort spot, Anguilla boasts plenty of luxury tourism but still has a higher than average murder rate. To make matters worse, their infrastructure was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Currently, their murder rate is 27.66 per 100,000 people.
The Bahamas, 28.40
A former British crown colony, the Bahamas is an island country consisting of more than 700 islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Despite being relatively rich country with its economy based on tourism and finance, Bahamas has been unsuccessfully dealing with the same problem as their Caribbean neighbors. In 2013, for example, 120 people were killed in the country, which contributed to the average homicide rate of almost 30.
With a population of over 200 million, Brazil is one of the largest and most populous countries in the list as well in the world. But the huge number of inhabitants brings about a dramatic amount of murders – just in 2012 alone, almost 65,000 people were killed in the country. It is believed that drug trade and alcoholism are among the major causes of the high homicide occurrence.
Trinidad and Tobago, 30.88
Although Trinidad and Tobago is the third richest country per capita in the Americas after the U.S. and Canada, this Caribbean country has been listed among those with the highest homicide rate in the world. Even worse, the murder rate has climbed in the recent years. On average, more than 30 out of 100,000 people have been murdered annually.