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 to deal with the most murders? Then we present to you the 25 countries with the highest murder rates in the world.
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Occupying an area of 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles), Jamaica is another representative of the Caribbean. For many years, the country has been notorious for having one of the world’s highest homicide rates. The latest statistics by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has confirmed it. The murders and violent crimes are particularly frequent in large cities such as Kingston, the capital.
Virgin Islands, 49.26
Despite being a U.S. territory and a hot spot for tourism and cruises, the Virgin Islands rank at the top of the most violent islands in the Caribbean. This rate has increased each year from 32.9 in 2015 and now 49.26 in 2018.
Located on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela has been known as one of world’s major oil exporters but also as a country with pervasive and unusually high occurrence of homicides. Last year, only 19% of local residents felt safe when walking alone at night and they had a good reason for that – every year, more than 50 people out of 100,000 are killed in Venezuela and the number has been constantly growing over the last decades.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras, home to about 8.25 million people, has one of the highest homicide rate of all countries in the world. It once held the top spot for many years with a ghastly 86.5 average murder rate. That has dropped significantly, but only enough to bring it down to the second spot. It’s current rate is 56.52 murders per 100,000 people. Since Honduras is a popular holiday destination, tourists are often targeted as victims of various violent crimes.
El Salvador, 82.84
Deeply affected by the long-term and devastating civil war (1979 – 1992), El Salvador is a Central American country and a home to about 6.3 million people. The extremely high homicide rate in this country is marked by significant occurrence gang-related crimes and juvenile delinquency. In 2004, for example, as much as 60% of the murders committed in Salvador were carried out by local gangs competing for power and territory.