The most violent municipalities in Mexico (2008)

June 21, 2010

(This article was first published on Diego Valle's Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

  • The top six most violent municipalities are near the US border. Ciudad Juárez is in a class by itself with 113 homicides per 100,000 people.
  • José Azueta is the municipality where Zihuatanejo is located. Mazátlan, another popular tourist destination, also appears on the list. 
  • Lázaro Cárdenas is the largest seaport in Mexico and ever since the ban on ephedrine, where most of the precursors to produce methamphetamines enter Mexico. Not to mention cocaine from South America.
  • Culiacán and Navolato are in Sinaloa
  • I’m surprised that Miguel Hidalgo appears on the list, since it includes some of the most affluent parts of Mexico City.
This chart was part of my analysis of the drug war in Mexico and the code is available from Github

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