The Homicide Monitor is the most comprehensive publicly available dataset on murder in the world. It is a data-driven data visualization tool designed to show the distribution, dimensions and dynamics of homicidal violence.
At least 437,000 people die violently around the world each year, a global average of 6 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
Around 80% of victims of homicide are male: the proportion rises to 85% in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Almost half of all murders are committed with firearms. In Latin America and the Caribbean the percentage is 66%.
Meanwhile, in Latin America and the Caribbean
Roughly 33% of the world’s homicides occur in Latin America and the Caribbean, home to just 8% of the global population.
When measured by homicide rate, 14 of the 20 most dangerous countries in the world are located in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Latin American and Caribbean countries or territories with the highest rates of firearm-related homicide are Puerto Rico (91%), Honduras (83%) and Guatemala (85%).
More than 130 large* Latin American and Caribbean cities register very high homicide rates (i.e. higher than 25 per 100,000).
Measured by homicide rate (per 100,000) over the last five years, the most dangerous cities in Latin America and the Caribbean are: San Pedro Sula (Honduras), Juárez (Mexico), Ananindeua (Brazil) and Caracas (Venezuela).
*With populations over 250,000
Roughly 1 in 5 people violently killed around the world in 2012 was a Brazilian, Colombian or Venezuelan.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, almost half of all homicide victims are aged between 15 and 29.
Latin American and Caribbean countries with the highest proportion of female homicides include Haiti (57%), Suriname (46%) and Grenada (36%).