Who ever said learning about global homicide rates had to be boring? This new interactive map makes violent murder fun!
The Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian “think and do tank” (insert smug, dismissive fart noise here) has created a “Homicide Monitor map” which showcases murder rates from around the world. Simply click on a country and you’ll be given a breakdown of its total number of homicides and its homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants. The graphic also includes supplemental information on murder weapons as well as a breakdown of victims by gender.
Despite what your local newscast would have you believe, the United States isn’t actually a crime-ridden hellhole. In 2012, there were 14,827 murders in the U.S. That might sound bad, but it only comes out to 4.7 homicides per 100,000 residents. That’s well above Canada and Western Europe, but it isn’t too bad on a global scale.
On the other hand, our neighbors south of the border aren’t doing too well in the murder department. Latin America and the Caribbean are home to nine of the ten highest homicide rates, with Honduras and Venezuela leading the pack with 85.5 and 53.7 homicides per 100,000 residents, respectively. I hope your coke binge was worth it.
Oddly enough, the third highest homicide rate belongs to the U.S. Virgin Islands (52.6 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants), which is technically part of the United States. It was counted as a separate entity, which surely improved the U.S. average. And in case you’re wondering why a war-torn country like Libya seems to be on par with Western Europe or Canada, it’s because deaths from military conflicts weren’t included in the totals. So according to this map, if some idiot kills you for your watch, it’s a murder. But if he drags you to a beach and cuts off your head because you worship the wrong god, it’s not.
It’s also worth noting that not all countries report homicides in the same way. Some governments don’t consider a death to be a homicide until the killer has been arrested and prosecuted. Other countries lack the means or inclination to keep track of homicides. So although it’s an interesting map, take it with a grain of salt.
(H/T: The Daily Mail)