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)
New Orleans: 49.1
Washington D.C: 21
Mexico City: 9
c) Homicide Rates in International Vacation Destinations
Dominican Republic: 24
d) Warnings of the US State Department:
No warnings for the following states:
Baja California Sur
Estado de Mexico
States where touristic towns and areas are safe but it's not recommended to leave them:
Baja California Norte
San Luis Potosi
States that are considered unsafe
Source: US Department of State
d) Violent Crime Rates
Please note that this data came from American sources and it took under reported crime into account.
Robert Ervin is a freelancer who writes about healthcare, medical tourism, and living in Mexico.
If you're considering traveling to Mexico for healthcare or retiring in Mexico, you may want to get yourself a copy of The English's Speaker's Guide to Doctors and Hospitals in Mexico, in order to find a good doctor or hospital in the main towns and cities of Mexico, or The English Speaker's Guide to Medical Care in Mexico, to understand how the Mexican healthcare system works.