No surprise to the entities that were the most blood-soaked: Chihuahua (47.1 killings per 100,000 inhabitants), Sinaloa (29.5), Guerrero (22.8), Durango (21.6), and Baja California (20.5). Oaxaca is next on the list with 17.8, though its figure derives more from rural violence than drug killings. In fact, eight years ago Oaxaca was the violent state in the country, with a murder rate in excess of 50, so the 17 plus today represents something of a triumph.
Lastly, according to CIDAC, despite the increase in drug murders by somewhere between 3,000 or 4,000, Mexico on the whole was safer in 2008 than in 2007. And, echoing a point made several months ago by former AG Eduardo Medina Mora, it is significantly safer than it was in the 1990s.