Report Names World's Most Violent Cities of 2015

Four cities in the U.S. were named on the list

Despite the ongoing violence plaguing the city, a new report did not name Chicago as one of its most violent cities in the world.

The rankings were published by the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security, and Caracas was named the most violent city in the world for 2015. The Venezuelan country saw nearly 4,000 homicides with more than 300,000 inhabitants, according to the report. That breaks down to 119.87 homicides per 100,000 people.

Caracas pushed San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to second place, according to the agency. San Pedro Sula had been named the world’s most violent city for four years straight. In 2015, the city saw a “significant decline” in the number of homicides, with a total of 885 people killed.

Overall, 41 of the 50 cities on the most violent list are in Latin America, according to the report. Twenty-one of the cities were located in Brazil, the most out of any country.

Four cities in the U.S. were named on the list, St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans, respectively, according to the report.

The highest increase in homicides was seen in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, according to the rankings. The city had a more than 81 percent increase in homicides, with a total of 1,918 killings.

Here is the full list of the 50 most violent cities of 2015, according to the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security:

  1. Caracas, Venezuela
  2. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  3. San Salvador, El Salvador
  4. Acapulco, Mexico
  5. Maturin, Venezuela
  6. Distrito Central, Honduras
  7. Valencia, Venezuela
  8. Palmira, Colombia
  9. Cape Town, South Africa
  10. Cali, Colombia
  11. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
  12. Fortaleza, Brazil
  13. Natal, Brazil
  14. Salvador, Brazil
  15. St. Louis, U.S.
  16. Joao Pessoa, Brazil
  17. Culiacan, Mexico
  18. Maceio, Brazil
  19. Baltimore, U.S.
  20. Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  21. Sao Luis, Brazil
  22. Cuiaba, Brazil
  23. Manaus, Brazil
  24. Cumana, Venezuela
  25. Guatemala, Guatemala
  26. Belem, Brazil
  27. Feira de Santana, Brazil
  28. Detroit, U.S.
  29. Golania y Aparecida de Golania, Brazil
  30. Teresina, Brazil
  31. Vitoria, Brazil
  32. New Orleans, U.S.
  33. Kingston, Jamaica
  34. Gran Barcelona, Venezuela
  35. Tijuana, Mexico
  36. Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil
  37. Recife, Brazil
  38. Aracaju, Brazil
  39. Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil
  40. Campina Grande, Brazil
  41. Durban, South Africa
  42. Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa
  43. Porto Alegre, Brazil
  44. Curitiba, Brazil
  45. Pereira, Colombia
  46. Victoria, Mexico
  47. Johannesburg, South Africa
  48. Macapa, Brazil
  49. Maracaibo, Venezuela
  50. Obregon, Mexico
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