10 Most Dangerous Cities In The World In 2013

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No one can truly predict where danger might be lurking and waiting to attack innocent passersby. Even a farm in an isolated place might be harboring unknown perils underneath its seemingly harmless surface. Yet, there are also cities in the world where you just know that danger is constantly on the prowl. These cities are teeming with threats and menaces that anyone would not want to face.

So which cities are these? Here’s a quick rundown of the most dangerous cities in the world in 2013.

10. Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While Cape Town remains a huge tourist magnet, the huge city offers more than just the usual list of tourist attractions. The crime situation has gotten to a point where travelling down the wrong road can land you in danger’s way. Even something as simple as you withdrawing from an ATM can result in you being robbed or, worse, getting killed. 

So what’s the root of all the danger? Well, it’s hard to pinpoint one cause, but most crimes can be traced to extreme poverty as well as the huge difference between the socioeconomic classes.

9. Belém, Brazil

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Belem, Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brazil’s increasing prosperity may have a lot of benefits, but it also has a downside; more and more citizens now have the funds to buy cocaine. With its strategic location and its thick jungle, Belem is the perfect channel through which cocaine and other drugs are distributed around the country and to other parts of the world. The extreme violence and high number of killings associated with the drug trade aren’t the only problems, either. Being an activist, protesting the destruction of the rainforest, and advocating land reform can also get you killed in Belem.

8. Karachi, Pakistan

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Karachi, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While political unrest, lawlessness, and high levels of crime have made Pakistan’s former capital infamous, it is really the target killers who have put a spotlight on the city. For a certain amount, these for-hire assassins can be paid to kill just about anyone – political rivals, business moguls, protesters, and even the police. Combine that with suicide bombings, gang shootings, and political violence, and voila! What you get is one of the most dangerous cities in the world in 2013.

7. Mogadishu, Somalia

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Mogadishu, Somalia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Being a city torn apart by civil war and political violence, Mogadishu presents a threat to its residents’ security and safety. Piracy, kidnappings, clan fights, and terrorist attacks are probably enough to spur everyone to flee the city, but those who choose to remain or can’t leave face every day in Mogadishu with fear for their lives.

No one can report accurately the number of people who’ve been murdered, but one thing’s for sure. The lawlessness of the place, coupled with all the other hazards, makes this city as one of the world’s most dangerous.

6. Caracas, Venezuela

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Caracas, Venezuela (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The problems that plague this Venezuelan city aren’t just limited to gang violence and the drug trade. Though the economic status of the place has benefited from the oil boom, the poverty level is still high enough to cause the residents to resort to crime.

Every corner presents a risk of being robbed, even during the day. What’s worse about it is that the authorities don’t have much control over the situation. Militias are running wild, there’s no control over guns and weapons, and cases of police abuse have also been reported. All these have earned Caracas the reputation of being among the most dangerous cities in the world.

5. Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although Baghdad has calmed down a little over the years, this city is still among the most dangerous cities in the world in 2013. Its unfortunate citizens are still in harm’s way because of the continued havoc brought about by random bombings, recurrent gunfire, and unpredictable violence. If looking into the eyes of the hapless citizens isn’t enough to clue you in to the danger that defines this city, you’ll definitely catch on when you get a glimpse of the strife-torn infrastructure and buildings.

The exceedingly unstable political situation in Baghdad, even after the US forces withdrew, continues to be a major source of tension and hostility among the Iraqis.

4. Acapulco, Mexico

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Acapulco, Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another Mexican city has landed on the world’s most dangerous cities list – Acapulco. While it used to be a favorite spot to check out scantily clad co-eds from neighboring places, it is now more famous (or infamous) for being the scene of a couple of the most bloodcurdling murders in the world.

Who can focus on the beauty of its picture-perfect beach when there were bloody, dismembered bodies taking center stage? News of such hideous crimes befalling the city has made the world sit up and recognize that what used to be a world-renowned tourist resort is now a place of fear, drug violence, and crime.

3. Maceio, Brazil

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Maceio, Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Judging by its heavenly, sandy beaches, who would have thought that this northern Brazil city would make it as one of the most dangerous cities in the world in 2013?  With gorgeous beaches blessed with bright sunshine all year round, Maceio seems to be the most perfect spot for tourists and locals to flock to.

Yet, underneath all the appeal and charm are threats worth considering. With a murder rate of 135 out of 100,000 individuals, Maceio just isn’t your typical tourist destination. The huge difference between the rich and the poor, the slum violence, and extreme poverty all have a role in making this city one of the most perilous places on earth. While the authorities like to point out that most crime victims are residents, not tourists, who can say that tourists won’t get caught in the crossfire?

2. Ciudad Juárez, México

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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although Juárez has been demoted to second place in the list of the world’s most dangerous cities, it is still far from being a safe place for you to visit, vacation, or live in. The border city of Mexico is still plagued with petrifying drug warfare that gives rise to a number of other alarming problems such as kidnappings, assassinations, violent clashes among gangsters, and a plethora of other evils that may arise from the drug trade.

While the number of murders has dropped significantly over the last year, probably due to thousands fleeing the place and the monopoly  of a major drug cartel, the situation in Juárez remains alarming. There is simply no telling when a major gang leader could be caught, an event which will surely set into motion another struggle for control over the drug trade and the city.

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With 159 getting killed out of 100,000 individuals, the city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras tops the list of the most dangerous cities in the world. Situated in the northwestern section of the country, San Pedro Sula serves as Honduras’ industrial and judicial center. Being the country’s transportation hub, the city unfortunately also serves as the drug trade’s most strategic distribution point.

This enormous drug problem, coupled with corruption, extreme poverty, and gang violence, is responsible for catapulting the city to its current status as the murder capital of the world. Even the peace corps had to leave the place when one of its members sustained a gunshot on the leg. What’s even more frightening is that the metropolis’ murder rate has increased by over a hundred percent within just five years. If things go on like this, what’s to become of San Pedro Sula in five, ten, or fifteen years?

Danger can’t be totally predicted. Even the safest havens can turn into deadly traps at any moment. Yet, in the case of the world’s most dangerous cities, you can’t help but expect danger to turn up everywhere.


24 Comments

  1. Marcelo Silva

    May 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    We work with VIP close protection here in Brazil and can say the things are getting better in some cities of Brazil although unfortunatelly I need to agree with the Brazilian cities posted above.

  2. Tariq Kamal

    June 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I think the top most dangerous city in the world is Washington USA because all plan made to destroy the world in Washington city.

    • Jean Breault

      June 28, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      i bet you are a terrorist just by reading your name idiot

      • Dave Rayan

        September 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        I bet you are a stupid racist just by reading your comment dummyhead

    • Kate

      August 17, 2013 at 12:06 am

      Tariq – can you please give explicit examples of this? Are you actually throwing facts around because it surely does not seem that way…? Since you want to do this to my country, I will go ahead and pay back the favor. Just stererotyping your name and empty acqusations about the United States of America, it seems that you are a Muslm and want to destroy us. Are you from Karachi, Mogadishu, or Baghdad? Congrats on making the top ten!

      • Brian K Miller

        November 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        well…in defense of Tariq, I doubt that Baghdad was on the list before our wonderful “liberation” of the place. And our Peace Prize President seems to be interested in expanding the list!

        If one looks at the number of people killed and the cities and landscapes devastated, then yes, Washington D.C. is “terrorism central”.

        Not that I am a fan of the “Religion of Peace” either. A religion which demands submission to the foamings-at-the-mouth of nutty imans and “scholars” is not a nice one. But then,the American State religion, Mammonism or the “Religion of Money” can be pretty nasty, too!

    • Knuckle

      November 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Give me some facts, don’t just speak.

    • hammadshah

      April 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

      i thing the most danderous city in the world is mumbai in india

  3. charles n turecek

    July 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Lagos, Nigeria is not on your list of the ten most dangerous cities in the world, but it should be. There are no reliable crime statistics from Lagos, for the same reason that a reliable census cannot be taken; the place is simply too chaotic.

  4. elena

    August 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

    what the dangerous degree in the palestine occupied area ?

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  6. GrimOracle

    September 3, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I live in Cape Town, South Africa, and that shit you are saying is exactly what it is – SHIT! I take wrong roads when I visit areas I am not familiar with. I withdraw cash from ATMS at least twice a week. Who wrote this crap probably found their information from other websites. When writing crap like this, visit the country/city and spend a week or two there – going to different areas – before writing articles. Don’t get me wrong, no place in the world is safe, and on that note, there are unsafe areas in Cape Town – yes , but not Cape Town as a whole.

  7. GrimOracle

    September 3, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Johannesburg, South Africa should have been on this list instead of Cape Town. Do proper research, mate. A cash in transit heist in Cape Town will receive front-page news. A cash in transit heist in Johannesburg will get a little article on page 4. So please, romove Cape Town from your and do proper research

  8. Badsad

    October 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Danger is lurking everywhere! in my opinion all cities are dangerous

  9. Juan

    October 7, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Caracas, Venezuela, should be number 2!!

  10. Sebastian

    November 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I bet Kabul is more dangerous than any of those…

  11. arun parihar

    January 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    most of the crimes taken place where there population enormously very high and poverty also very high

  12. Ronaldo

    January 15, 2014 at 4:57 am

    This is the worst mistake ever, I’ve been to Maceio and Belem and they are not like you described. How could you say that ??? Have you ever been to Brazil ??? There tons of cities in Central America that you can not even place your foot on the city without a bullet somewhere in your body. Maceio the third most dangerous city in the world ??????? Are you crazy or something ???

  13. Kevin Mecouch

    January 20, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I use to live in Venezuela,Caracus and it is a bad place to live but such a beautiful place and im definitly moving back!! I cant wait!!! Best time of my life!!

  14. JJDD

    April 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    why is their no citities in USA, they are without a dought the most dangerous and corrupt country in the world

    • Brian K Miller

      November 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      No. The United States is not the most dangerous and corrupt city IN THE WORLD-at least internally. Our predilection for invading and bmbing other coutries makes us dangerous to outsiders, but…

      If you expand the list to top 100 or even top 50, American cities like Detroit and New Orleans certainly show up on these kinds of lists.

  15. Mickasean

    April 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Some surprises here. Baghdad and Mogadishu are obvious ones, the others less so. I am not disputing these though as I know there are many many dangerous cities one does not even be aware of. I would also include the following:

    Kabul and Kandahar: I’m sure the Afghan capital and the Taliban’s stronghold are two cities that remain extremely dangerous.

    Port-au-Prince: chaotic and dangerous especially since after the earthquake.

    All Syrian cities. Homs especially.

    Zahaden and Baluchistan. A City and region on the Afghan/Pakistan/Iran border and a place where the armies of 3 countries often converge in their fight against drug dealers and traffickers.

    Most Iraqi cities. Like Baghdad, places like Basra are volatile and no one knows what could happen.

    Tripoli. Another dangerous post war place.

    On the up side: some former dangerous cities now generally safe: New York, Belfast, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon.

  16. huisvrou

    April 26, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Where is Johannesburg? Cape Town seems definitely safer than Johannesburg.

    • Piet

      October 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

      SE ek ook wat weet die ape van Suid Afrika my hel man ek dink Brakpan is Gevaarliker as Kaapstad

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