Baltimore Is More Violent Than Durban, Brasilia, San Salvador

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We already know that Baltimore is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, but according to a recent global study Baltimore is also among the 50 most violent cities on the planet, with more murders per capita than Durban, South Africa, as well as several Latin American cities. What’s worse, the ranking is based on numbers from 2012, for us a marginally less violent year than 2013.

Our 35 homicides per 100,000 residents places us far behind the most homicidal city, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with 169. But come on, let’s get off this list entirely.

Perhaps more troubling is that of these 50 cities, 41 are in Latin America, five are in the United States, three are in South Africa, and one is in Jamaica. That means Baltimore is more homicidal than any city in Europe, Asia, or Oceania.


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