Sunday, January 30, 2011

Murders in Mexico in 2009

Diego Valle-Jones looks at the just-released mortality databases in Mexico, and determines that the murder rate in 2009 was 18 per 100,000. The municipalities with the highest murder rates are Juárez, Navolato (in Sinaloa), José Azueta (Guerrero), Gómez Palacio, and Tecate. The 20 cities with the highest murder rates are all concentrated in seven states: Chihuahua, Baja California, Guerrero, Michoacán, Durango, Sinaloa, and Sonora. Lots of other fun stats are in there as well; for instance, who would have guessed that Sunday is the most dangerous day of the week?

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