The Most Dangerous and Life-Threatening Cities in the World

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Last Updated on October 3, 2019

Some cities look like a paradise on travel brochures while, in reality, they are hosting a burning hell. Shootings, bombings, murders, discrimination, bloodshed, hatred, terrorism, kidnappings, rape, and the list goes on and on. Life in the cities on this list is going insane and residents are being continuously killed, used, and abused.

Sadly, the frightening reality of such cities had messed up all the charm and beauty that can attract tourists or make anyone want to travel. If you are planning to explore the world, make sure your airfare tickets don’t include the names of these 9 most violent cities on the globe.

So, what does life looks like in the most dangerous cities?
Let’s find out on the next pages

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#9 – Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town is renowned for its mesmerizing natural wonders and diverse traditions and cultures. It also hosts the amazingly inspiring Table Mountain National Park as well as several other interesting attractions.

But before you reach for your travel bag, Cape Town is also regarded as one of the most dangerous places in the world, mainly due to the engraved corruption that took over everyone, even police officers who actually pave the way for countless illegal activities, such as drug dealing, muggings, robberies, and murders.

This has resulted in a very dangerous city for tourists and locals alike. To add some numbers, there are 65.53 homicides per 100,000 residents.

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#8 – Karachi, Pakistan


Karachi, Pakistan
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Not many people book flights or even plan traveling to Pakistan, but those who do should probably forget about it. “The City of Light” is Pakistan’s largest city, and like many other cities on this list, Karachi suffers from similar devastating problems, including corruption, kidnappings, targeted killings, and much more.

But Karachi takes these crimes to the next level by involving innocent children. It should be mentioned that even though the crime rate has decreased in the past few years, Karachi remains one of the top dangerous cities around the globe.

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#7 – Guatemala City, Guatemala


Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Just forget about those cheap flights from Boston to Guatemala City or the gorgeous pictures you’ve seen on travel sites. Guatemala, or Guate, is one of the most dangerous places you can travel to.

When it comes to serious issues, Guate has two main extremely unsafe categories. The first is about crimes and powerless authorities while the second is about pollution. In other words, in this city, you’ll have to deal with both the risk of being abused or killed as well as inhaling poisonous air!

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#6 – Acapulco, Mexico


Acapulco, Mexico
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All it takes is booking a flight and hotel so travelers can enjoy the sun and salt of the largest beach in Mexico, as well as take indulge into the scenic beauty in the heart of a fascinating Mexican resort. Sadly, according to reality, all of these travel dreams can hardly happen today when we look at Acapulco’s terribly high rate of murder.

What’s more frightening, many tourists were attacked and murdered where they least expect it; crowded public spaces, resorts, and hotels. Acapulco is officially the center of drug trafficking (notably cocaine and heroin) and therefore one of the most life-threatening city on the globe.

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#5 – Ciudad Juarez, Mexico


Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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The Mexican food and amazingly rich culture can make anyone pack and buy a flight ticket on any given vacation. But the risks must be taken into consideration before browsing a flight price comparison site.

In fact, Mexico is one of the top countries when it comes to the number of dangerous cities. Besides Acapulco and in addition to Tijuana, Victoria, and Obregon, the city of Juarez has experienced an alarming increase in violence, crimes, and drug trafficking for the previous 25 years.

Sadly, women represent the most targeted people in Ciudad Juarez and are commonly kidnapped or raped. Although the local police work in collaboration with the government to end the sufferings in Juarez, more efforts are needed to diminish the number of committed crimes per year.

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#4 – San Pedro Sula, Honduras


San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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The frightening crime rate in San Pedro Sula made it very difficult for travelers to witness and experience the city’s beauty and charms, even though there are many occasional cheap flights to the area. But don’t be tempted, San Pedro Sula is actually known as the capital of murder!

This is due to the sky-high crime rates the city has successfully recorded in the past few years. What’s worse, local authorities do not move a single finger when it comes to dealing with this deadly issue generally because they lack experience and resources. The result? A rate of 73.51 homicides per 100,000 residents.

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#3 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro is a popular tourist destination due to the rich travel experiences it can offer as well as the alluring cheap flights that make the city appear in so many bucket lists around the world. Well, all is good, until the travelers realize that they could be risking their own lives during their trip.

The 6th largest city in America and the broadest city of Brazil is one of the most insecure cities anyone can travel to, simply because of the scary numbers of robberies, violent crimes, and many other dangerous issues.

Not to mention the widespread corruption and rise of illegal businesses that resulted in ruining not only Rio de Janeiro but Brazil in general.

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#2 – Caracas, Venezuela


Caracas, Venezuela
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The unique charm of this city can attract many travelers from all over the world, yet what’s going on inside the city can make them run away.

Although Caracas is considered the most important city in Venezuela, it’s one of the riskiest sites anyone can travel to. What’s terrible is that lawbreakers feel free to continue on their destructive path since the local authorities practice no power against them.

In brief, no justice found. This has resulted in a scary murder rate of 120 homicides per 100,000 residents. Moreover, Caracas is known for the exportation of drugs to Europe, Colombia, and the United States.

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#1 – Kabul, Afghanistan


Kabul, Afghanistan
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Kabul was once a serene and charming city that offers beauty and lots of inspiration to travelers from all over the world, but then everything was messed up, turning the capital city of Afghanistan into the world’s most dangerous city. It’s really sad when evil takes over a beautiful place and prevents us from following our travel dreams while exploring the richness of our world.

The unstable political situation in Kabul had led to numerous serious issues such as corruption, black markets, money laundering, and murders. Moreover, we find some very powerful culprits; Taliban, US soldiers, and Russians. These have made things much worse for the city.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Are you really surprised? History is repeating itself: communism, socialism,and anti christianity. People are too stupid to learn from history. This is what Trump is trying to keep from happening in the USA.

  2. I been to 6 or 7 of those cities ,but this was over 2 decades ago
    think we’re better then

  3. You forgot Chicago, Illinois 🙂

  4. what about practically every larger city in the
    States

  5. I disagree with the comment portraying US military members as a “very powerful culprit.” Geopolitical actor in a conflict zone is much more accurate and less incendiary to those of us who have served this nation then culprit.

  6. I thought Chicago Ill. USA would be in the list.

  7. Really? American and I suppose, British soldiers have made it more dangerous? I would have thought just the opposite.

  8. I’m just wondering if Donal Woodbury ever been in cities that he mention like the most dangerous cities to visit?

  9. How about France. World news clearly shows that the country is no longer safe. Why would you travel there?

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