The United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) has released the 2011 Global Study on Homicide.
It is 127 pages long and full of frightening statistics.
Worldwide the UNODC estimates 468,000 homicides in 2010. Tough number to wrap your head around.
Think of it this way…
That is about the population of Sacramento, California – the entire population gone in one year.
That means, worldwide, the global average is 6.9 murders per 100,000 people.
And where are they occurring? Africa alone accounts for over one third (36%), the Americas another 31% and Asia grabs 27%. Europe only claims 5% and 1% in Oceania.
But one must adjust for population. Africa still tops out at 17 per 100,000 and the Americas 16 per 100,000. That is over double the world average. Asia, for their large 27% of the murders are actually below average at 3 murders per 100,000.
The good news…
The rates have actually declined in Asia, Europe and North America.
The bad news…
Rates are skyrocketing in other places like Central America and the Caribbean.
And the loser is…
Honduras currently holds the infamous distinction of being the most violent country in the world with 82.1 murders per 100,000. For our Asian, European and Oceania friends, that means a visit to Honduras would mean increasing the likelihood of being murdered by twenty-seven times.
I guess we won’t be seeing that on the tourism posters any time soon.
Stay tuned for more interesting facts about the state of crime in the world and your back yard.