The world s most dangerous cities- au
The world's most dangerous cities- au

The top 20 most violent cities are all found in one part of the globe, according to a new report.

Mexican research group the Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice has released a study that ranks the world's most violent cities in 2011 – and Latin America has the unwanted claim to the top 20.

The ranking is based on each city's murder rate per capita last year.

There are no Australasian, European or Asian countries in the top 50.

American cities on the list include New Orleans at number 21, Detroit, St Louis and Baltimore.

South Africa's Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban are all in the top 50, as well as Mosul, Iraq.

The top 10 most dangerous cities are:

10. Belem, Brazil

Homicides: 1639
Population: 2,100,319
Murder rate: 78.04

9. Durango, Mexico

Homicides: 474
Population: 593,389
Murder rate: 79.99

8. Chihuahua, Mexico

Homicides: 690
Population: 831,693
Murder rate: 82.96

7. Torreon, Mexico

Homicides: 990
Population: 1,128,152
Murder rate: 87.75

6. Caracas, Venezuela

Homicides: 3164
Population: 3,205,463
Murder rate: 98.71

5. Distrito Central, Honduras

Homicides: 1123
Population: 1,126,534
Murder rate: 99.69

4. Acapulco, Mexico

Homicides: 1029
Population: 804,412
Murder rate: 127.92

3. Maceio, Brazil

Homicides: 1564
Population: 1,156,278
Murder rate: 135.26

2. Juarez, Mexico

Homicides: 1974
Population: 1,335,890
Murder rate: 147.77

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Homicides: 1143
Murder rate: 158.87

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