Run Away Now: The Most Dangerous Cities To Travel To And Live In

These cities may look like a perfect vacation spot on glossy travel brochures, but unfortunately, they are among the least safe places in the world.

Summer is in full swing, and while some of us are content with spending our time at the beach or relaxing at home, others are ready to embark upon journeys they have been planning for weeks, or even months.

However, if any of the cities below is on your itinerary, be extremely cautious because according to statistics, they're the most dangerous places in the world.

These cities is ranked according to their crime index an estimaton of overall level of crime, and safety index  an estimation of overall protection.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby – also referred as Moresby and Pom Town – is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea. Sadly, it’s one of the least livable cities in the world with a staggering crime index of 93.61 and safety index of merely 6.39.

Maracaibo, Venezuela 



Maracaibo may have a lovely, tropical weather, but planning a vacation here might be a really bad idea. Along with drug cartels and trafficking, street crimes such as muggings and theft have made this city an undesirable destination for most tourists. Maracaibo’s crime index is 86.96 while the safety index is only 13.04.

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

With a crime index of 86.95, San Pedro Sula in Honduras is the murder capital of the world with approximately three murders a day. Armed trafficking, gang activities and illegal drug trade are also some of the most prominent problems here. This city has a safety index of 13.05.

Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza, with a recorded crime index of 85.12, is among one of the least desirable places to live in across the globe. Brazil's fifth largest city has a safety index of 14.88, and increasing incidents of theft, violence and murder are already beginning to drive residents away.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, experiences extreme tension amongst its citizens, mainly over the vast economical difference between the poor and the elite. This disparity has given rise to violence, drug trafficking and street crimes such as theft and mugging. Johannesburg has a crime index of 84.07.

Benghazi, Libya



The second largest city in Libya is notorious for its high crime rate. From robberies and drug dealings to physical attacks and homicides, Benghazi has the crime index of 83.92. Also, it’s one of the few cities in the world where walking alone in both the day and night time has been dubbed as extremely dangerous.

Durban, South Africa

Durban, South Africa, Most Dangerous City

This coastal city is renowned for its beaches. In fact, its Golden Mile beach front is a popular destination for surfers and water-sports enthusiasts. However, with the growing crime rate and increased incidents of violence and street crimes, Durban has landed into the category of most dangerous places with a safety index of mere 19.85.

Port Of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago



Port of Spain, the capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, has a crime index of 78.69 and is certainly not safe for travelers because criminals here are known for targeting and physically assaulting tourists for their cash and goods. Burglaries and petty street crimes are also an issue.

Recife, Brazil    

Recife, Brazil Most Dangerous City

Recife, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Brazil, has 1,656 homicides in a city of 3.7 million inhabitants and has a crime rate of 78.38. Despite being called the "Brazilian Venice" due to its many bridges and canals, this city remains one of the least popular and least safe places in the world. The safety index of this Brazilian city is 21.62.

Oakland, CA, United States

Crime in Oakland

With a crime rate of 1,683 per 100,000 residents and a crime index of 77.34, this Californian city is considered one of the least safe places to travel or live in. Despite being across the bay from San Francisco – one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. – the high levels of poverty and proximity to drug corridors has made Oakland a center for violent crimes and assaults.

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