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 the most dangerous cities in the world 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.
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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.
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. It’s also widely known as a human trafficking hotspot and the primary gateway for smuggling sex slaves into the West.
To the residents of this city, blood is nothing new. According to Mercer’s 2008 global index this war-torn capital was one of the most dangerous cities 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.
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%.