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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Is Mexico Safe? What the Numbers Say


I love math. Math is the one thing that makes everything objective. And when dealing with subjects that are highly controversial, I find that math is your best friend.

It's not a secret that many Americans are afraid to come to Mexico because they don't think it's safe. While coming to Mexico is not for everyone, I think many people would benefit from having numbers that reflect the situation accurately.

I'm not going to write any comments, just take a look at the numbers and decide for yourself if Mexico is safe:

a) Number of Americans that visit Mexico everyday: 150,000

b) Homicide Rates in American Cities vs Mexican Cities (figures per 100,000)

Miami: 15.4
Philadelphia: 19.6
Chicago: 15.2
New Orleans: 49.1
Washington D.C: 21
Atlanta: 17.6
Mexico City: 9
Guadalajara: 12
Queretaro: 3

c) Homicide Rates in International Vacation Destinations

Ecuador: 19
Mexico: 14
Bahamas: 25
Guatemala: 52
Brazil: 23
Jamaica: 62
Dominican Republic: 24

d) Warnings of the US State Department:

No warnings for the following states:
Baja California Sur
Campeche
Chiapas
Estado de Mexico
Guanajuato
Hidalgo
Mexico City
Oaxaca
Puebla
Queretaro
Quintana Roo
Tabasco
Tlaxcala
Yucatan

States where touristic towns and  areas are safe but it's not recommended to leave them:
Aguascalientes
Baja California Norte
Colima
Guerrero
Jalisco
Michoacan
Morelos
Nayarit
Nuevo Leon
San Luis Potosi
Sinaloa
Sonora
Veracruz
Zacatecas

States that are considered unsafe
Chihuahua
Coahuila
Durango
Tamaulipas



Source: US Department of State

d) Violent Crime Rates

Assault:
Canada: 712
US: 757
Mexico: 144

Kidnapping:
Canada: 8.67
US: NA
Mexico: 1.3

Rape:
Canada: 73
US: 30
Mexico: 13.6

Please note that this data came from American sources and it took under reported crime into account.

On the other hand, if you already feel Mexico is safe enough to go get health care and all you need is a doctor, dentist, or hospital that speaks English and has experience dealing with foreigners. I strongly suggest getting 

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