Homicide Rates in other countries

My friend Charlie sent me these stats that he collected from Wikipedia. These are the annual homicide rates per 100,000 population for a few countries. What I found intriguing is how high Jamaica, another favorite vacation spot, is compared to Mexico; four times as high. When was the last time we saw anything in the news about Jamaica’s high homicide rate? I guess the homicide is more sensational in Mexico. A lot of Mexico’s homicide is drug related and that which is drug related is the cartel fighting against themselves or the police/army. The numbers involving Americans or Canadians, unless they were involved with the drug business, is virtually nothing. But from listening to mainstream media you’d think we were getting knocked off regularly. My rant for the day.


El Salvador: 71

Jamaica: 60

Venezuela: 48

Colombia: 39

Brazil: 22

Mexico: 15

Costa Rica: 11

U.S.A.: 5

Canada: 2



2 Responses to Homicide Rates in other countries

  1. arn says:

    These numbers are interesting. However, they become even more interesting when you start to look at numbers for specific Mexican cities and for specific American cities. The FBI cite in DC lists homicide rates for many American cities. Washington DC, for example, has a homicide rate of 31 and Denver has a rate of 11. By comparison, the Mexican government released last year a homicide rate for Mexico City of 9 and 8 for Guadalajara. Sure, there may be some question as to the accuracy of the mexican homicide rate reported by the government, as some homicides my go unreported. It is, however, clear that the border cities to the North are responsible for squewing the numbers up significantly for the national average. I suspect that if one were to leave the border towns out of the compilation, the average homicide rate in Mexico might not look that much higher than that for the US.

    • johnlifestyles says:

      Thanks for adding this in. Yes, rates for Mexico City are low and have come down in recent years. Yes, we may question their accuracy as to what is actually being counted, but dead bodies do have to accounted for and there is a system. Unless the body just disappears (which does happen), the numbers should be what they say they are. I also agree that if we took out the border towns the average rate in Mexico would probably look something like what you see in the U.S. If you read the large U.S. city newspapers, not just the front page, or listen to the local news, it is startling how much homicide is actually taking place. I think those living in these cities block them out. They’ve seen or read about it so much it doesn’t faze them anymore. I think they also believe that its taking place in regions of the city, or at times of the day, or involving people who are just doing bad things, and since they don’t go there or do that, there’s no need to be alarmed. But why don’t they think that way when considering Mexico?

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