Have You Visited One of the Most Violent Cities in the World?

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A policeman patrols the slum district of Petare in Caracas November 21, 2009. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

The top 50 most violent cities in the world in 2015 have been announced in a new report that may make you think twice before stepping foot in these locations.

The list, published by the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security, has named Caracas the most violent city in the world. Finishing in second place for the last two years, the Venezuelan capital has overtaken San Pedro Sula in Honduras, which held top spot for the previous four years, with a homicide rate of 120 per 100,000 to the Honduran city's 111 per 100,000.

South and Latin American cities in general were the most violent in the world in terms of homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants. The list did not factor in conflict zones or locations with less than a population of 300,000.

Out of the top 50 cities, 41 are located in Latin America: 21 in Brazil, eight in Venezuela, five in Mexico, three in Colombia, two in Honduras, one in El Salvador and one in Guatemala. The other nine cities are in the U.S. (four), South Africa (four) and Jamaica (one).

While Brazil has the highest number of violent cities, Rio De Janeiro, the location for this summer's Olympic Games, is not among them and none of them fall in the top 10. The American cities included are St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit and New Orleans.

The biggest increase on the list from the previous year is San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, where the homicide rate rose 81 percent from 61.21 homicides per 100,000 to 111.03 in 2015.

Here's the complete list of the top 50 most violent cities in the world for 2015, just in case you were going to book a flight:

1) Caracas, Venezuela

2) San Pedro Sula, Honduras

3) San Salvador, El Salvador

4) Acapulco, Mexico

5) Maturin, Venezuela

6) Distrito Central, Honduras

7) Valencia, Venezuela

8) Palmira, Colombia

9) Cape Town, South Africa

10) Cali, Colombia

11) Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

12) Fortaleza, Brazil

13) Natal, Brazil

14) Salvador, Brazil

15) St. Louis, U.S.

16) Joao Pessoa, Brazil

17) Culiacan, Mexico

18) Maceio, Brazil

19) Baltimore, U.S.

20) Barquisimeto, Venezuela

21) Sao Luis, Brazil

22) Cuiaba, Brazil

23) Manaus, Brazil

24) Cumana, Venezuela

25) Guatemala, Guatemala

26) Belem, Brazil

27) Feira de Santana, Brazil

28) Detroit, U.S.

29) Golania y Aparecida de Golania, Brazil

30) Teresina, Brazil

31) Vitoria, Brazil

32) New Orleans, U.S.

33) Kingston, Jamaica

34) Gran Barcelona, Venezuela

35) Tijuana, Mexico

36) Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil

37) Recife, Brazil

38) Aracaju, Brazil

39) Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil

40) Campina Grande, Brazil

41) Durban, South Africa

42) Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa

43) Porto Alegre, Brazil

44) Curitiba, Brazil

45) Pereira, Colombia

46) Victoria, Mexico

47) Johannesburg, South Africa

48) Macapa, Brazil

49) Maracaibo, Venezuela

50) Obregon, Mexico

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