Mexico’s Top 4 Most Dangerous Cities For 2024: Data Repor

Dec 29, 2023

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For good reason, Mexico is one of the most sought-after travel destinations worldwide.

However, not every area of Mexico is secure for tourists. Here are the most hazardous cities in Mexico in 2024 that data reports suggest.

Due to worries about crime and kidnapping, the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisory for Mexico as of 2023 emphasizes varying degrees of caution across different states. Mexico’s regions are categorized by the advisory into four levels:

  • Exercise Normal Precautions
  • Exercise Increased Caution
  • Reconsider Travel
  • Do Not Travel

Tijuana

Tijuana’s high murder rate and drug-related violence make it the most dangerous city in Mexico. There are 138 homicides for every 100,000 people. Tijuana is the main gateway for drugs originating in South America, making it a hub for cartel activity.

Due to its proximity to the US border, it is also a significant hub for organized crime and human trafficking. Based on data on homicide rates, Tijuana is regarded as the world’s most dangerous city.

Acapulco

Despite being one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico, Acapulco continues to draw large numbers of tourists due to its beaches.

The rate of homicide in the city is 111 per 100,000 residents. Drug-related violence in Acapulco has increased dramatically as different cartels compete for control of the lucrative drug trade in the city. This city is also located in Guerrero, the notorious state well-known for its high rates of violence, chaos brought on by gang turf wars, and heroin production.

Ciudad Victoria

Ciudad Victoria, one of the most violent cities in Mexico, is situated in the state of Tamaulipas. This area is another hotbed of drug-related violence, with a homicide rate of 86 per 100,000 residents. Being situated just beyond the U.S. border, Tamaulipas makes it an entryway city as well. In Ciudad Victoria, members of the Northeast Cartel actively manage their businesses.

Ciudad Juarez

Ciudad Juarez is visible to residents of El Paso, another border city, across the Rio Grande. The city is among the most violent in Mexico, with an average of 86 homicides for every 100,000 residents. The city has witnessed a sharp increase in violence as a result of turf wars between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels, making it another hub for drug trafficking. Ciudad Juarez is firmly under the control of these two formidable cartels.

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