5 Most Dangerous Places In Mexico

This beautiful country known for its art, architecture, and cuisine has some of the most dangerous towns and cities located here. High levels of corruption, rampant growth of drug cartels, and inequality rooted in every avenue of work soil the good name of the place.

Even travelers are not safe to roam free and explore this culturally rich beautiful country without any prior knowledge about the places they wish to visit. So to bring higher awareness among people who have decided to explore Mexico we have collected a list of notorious places in Mexico they should look out for!

1. Celaya

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Located in the south-central region of the Mexican state of Guanajuato, Celaya is the third most populated city. Celaya now holds the title of most deadliest city in the world, with 109.38 killings per 100,000 residents.

According to reports, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel is working to destroy its rival, the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, to gain control over drug trafficking and major gasoline thefts. This is the reason for the rising violence and safety issues in the city. Celaya’s crime statistics are equally alarming, despite the city’s lack of international prominence compared to the other towns in Mexico. 

2. Tijuana

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When most people think of Mexico, Tijuana is among the first cities that come to mind. Tijuana is a very busy border crossing that is situated directly at the Mexican border with the United States and is especially close to cities like San Diego.

It is a prime location for drug dealing given its geographically advantageous position which raises its crime index to 71.97. Between 2019 and 2023, the city reported over 2,000 murders annually, with a rate of 105 killings per 100,000 people in 2022.

Still, there are other factors than major crimes that add to Tijuana’s reputation as a dangerous city. There is a high prevalence of violent crimes, gang activities, and small-scale crimes, such as abduction, thefts, and even sexual assault marring the landscape of this beautiful city.

3. Uruapan 

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Located in the state of Michoacan, Uruapan is the second-largest and most populous city in Mexico. It is situated at the western point of the Purepecha highlands. With roughly 72.59 homicides per 100,000 residents, Uruapan is regarded as the deadliest place in Michoacan and the seventh most dangerous city in the world. Conflicts between various criminal gangs, all vying for control of the crucial drug trafficking routes, have made Uruapan an unsafe travel destination.

4.Ciudad Juárez

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The northern Mexican metropolis of Ciudad Juárez is yet another place of concern. It’s located near El Paso, Texas. Juarez currently ranks as the third-most deadly city in the world, with roughly 103.61 killings per 100,000 residents. In the past, Juarez provided noisy musical entertainment and nightclubs to the people of El Paso, Texas, in the US state of Texas. However, the city’s tourism sector has collapsed as a result of the recent rise in crime rates. 

Due to a sharp rise in violence against women over the years, Juarez is also regarded as the deadliest city in Mexico for women. Tourists should use extreme caution when visiting this city because crimes including carjacking, burglaries, theft, robberies, and murders are rather widespread.

 5. Ciudad Obregon

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Located in the southern region of the Mexican state of Sonora is the second-largest city of Mexico, Ciudad Obregon. Ciudad Obregon has a homicide rate of roughly 101.13 per 100,000 residents, making it one of the deadliest cities in the world.

Ciudad Obregón’s crime rates are caused by instances of drug trafficking, poverty, and corruption.