Just across the river from El Paso, TX, is one of the most violent cities in the world. Just how bad is it in Ciudad-Juarez, Mexico?
Another CRS report details the research on the number of murders in Juarez.
There were 3,111 civilians murdered in the city of Juarez in 2010 and 2,421 in the entire country of Afghanistan.
On a per capita basis, a civilian was 30 times more likely to be murdered last year in Juarez, where there are 1,328,017 inhabitants according to Mexico’s 2010 census, than in Afghanistan, where there are 29,121,286 people according to the CIA World Factbook.
The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan was compiled by the Congressional Research Service and published in a CRS report released on Feb. 3. The number of civilians killed in Juarez was compiled by Molly Molloy, a research librarian at New Mexico State University who maintains a count of murders Juarez and published it on the Frontera List Web site.
In 2009 there were 15,241 murders (and non-negligent manslaughter) in the US with a projected population of 307 million for a murder rate of 5 per 100,000 population. In Juarez the murder rate is 234 per 100,000. That's 47 times greater.
In war torn Afghanistan there were 2,241 murders in a population of 29,121,286 for a murder rate of 8.3 per 100,000. The murder rate in Juarez is 28 times higher.
While the 2010 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) has not been released by the FBI, the 2009 UCR can give us an idea of just how bad it is just across the border by comparing US city crime rates with those of Juarez. So let's look at America's largest cities and compare their 2009 UCR murders.
It is interesting to note that the murder rate in Afghanistan is lower than half of America's sixteen largest cities. And let's not forget the jewels in America's premier Democrat controlled American cities -Detroit, St. Louis and Washington, DC. Detroit as noted above has a murder rate of 40.2, St, Louis is just a wee bit higher at 40.3 and DC is still up there at 23.8 per 100,000.This is not to be confused with the annual report on America's most dangerous cities published by CQ Press. That is another matter completely as it combines UCR Violent Index Crimes (Murder, Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault) whereas I am merely taking America's sixteen largest cities and their murder rates. But it is interesting to note that top four most violent cities in 2010 were St. Louis, MO, Detroit, MI, Camden, NJ, and Flint, MI, as per the 2009 UCR.
I am not gloating over the misfortune of thousands of slain Americans. As a former LEO that just ain't in the picture. I spent many hours with bruised, battered and bloody dead bodies processing crime scenes and there is nothing to be happy about. But there are ways to control crime if the will to do so exists. Mexico is a hopelessly corrupt third world nation, we are not. It is a shame that we have cities with these kind of crime rates.
And as final parting thoughts, while Ciudad-Juarez is out of control, the America city on the other side of the Rio Grande, El Paso, has one of the lowest murder rates in the US. With a population of 618,812 and 12 homicides in 2009, El Paso's murder rate is only 1.9 per 100,000. Also, look again at San Diego's numbers. It is right across the border from Tijuana, only 17 miles away. Tijuana has a 2009 murder rate (657 murders) very similar to Camden and Detroit and a population of 1,559,714.