Categorized | Destinations


Posted on 05 August 2010

Mexicans and their American neighbors are being bombarded by news of shootouts, bombings, kidnappings and executions as drug smugglers battle each other and the government for control of the narcotics trade. But a closer look at the latest official statistics indicates that much of Mexico has modest murder rates. The horrific violence that is jacking up the national death toll is largely in nine of Mexico’s 31 states. Despite a wave of killings in these states the murder rate in 2009 was still lower than it was a decade before, long before the Mexico government began a crackdown against the drug cartels. The state with the lowest murder rate is Yucatan, the Gulf of Mexico state known for its beaches and Mayan ruins. Its murder rate of 2 per 100,000 was comparable to Wyoming and Montana. Washington, D.C.’s murder rate is nearly quadruple that of the Mexican capital, Mexico City.

Source: USA Today

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