#5 Recife in Brazil
The city may be largely unheard of, but Recife in Brazil had 1,656 homicides in a city of 3,717,640 inhabitants. The city is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil and it is commonly referred to as the “Brazilian Venice”, due to its many bridges and canals. So for a city that seems to have so much in its favor, why all of the violence?
#4 The Federal District in Francisco Morazan
When we heard that there is only one police officer per 1,752 inhabitants, then it did not surprise us that The Federal District in Francisco Morazan comes in as number four. There are approximately 1,149 murders per 1,126,534 inhabitants, and violence in this city is slowly spiraling out of control.
#3 Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela is also in a dire situation, as the city finds itself ranked at #3. It is reported that only eight of 100 crimes that take place will actually be punished, and there’s an average of 3,862 homicides per 3,247,971 people.
#2 Acapulco in Mexico
So which city is a close second on the list? The once-popular tourist destination of Acapulco in Mexico. A rise in murderous violence between drug lords and criminals has now made tourists avoid the sunny destination. The city reported 1,170 murders for 818,853 inhabitants.
#1 Honduras’ San Pedro Sula
When it comes to the number one spot, Honduras’ San Pedro Sula takes the cake. Shockingly, San Pedro Sula had 1,218 murders for 719,447 inhabitants in 2012.