Violence in Mexico continues to rise. An average of 25 people disappear every day in Mexico. The murder rate stands at 28 per 100,000 people – four times the rate in the United States.
The violence rate in Mexico shot up starting in 2007, with the worst years in 2011 and again from 2018 to the present.
Violent crime varies significantly across the country.
The people most at risk of violence are in the central and southwestern parts of the country, as well as in the northern states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Baja California Norte, and Tamaulipas.
In the western states of Michoacán and Guerrero, violent crime – including kidnappings, murders, and disappearances – occurs mostly between citizens’ self-defense and drug-trafficking groups. In the northern states, bordering the U.S., the violence is dominated by fighting between drug cartels and street gangs.