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In Perspective: Safety in the U.S. Versus Mexico

There’s been a lot of news coverage about violence in Mexico, very little of it bothering to note that Mexico is a huge country with thirty-some states and that a) almost all of that violence is narco-related and b) you can count the number of tourists affected on one hand.

Here is another interesting article that provides needed context to violence statistics in Mexico, as well as compares safety statistics between Mexico and the U.S.  The official number of 111 U.S. citizens who were killed in Mexico last year may seem scary at first, but this was out of the almost 8 million U.S. citizens who visited Mexico last year.  In comparison, Boston, Las Vegas and Orlando also had 111 murders last year, and almost 1,000 U.S. citizens were killed in Puerto Rico (a country that gets far less press).  The statistic becomes eve more grounded once other facts are presented, namely, that a third of those 111 murders happened in just 2 cities and almost all of them were involved “in illicit vocations, usually the trafficking of guns, drugs, or people across the border.”

For more reasoning and statistics, read the full article here.

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3 Comments to “In Perspective: Safety in the U.S. Versus Mexico”

  1. There is no difference between travel safety in USA and Mexico. The most important thing is to be prepared for your travel. If you track the current situation of your travel places and prepare for possible dangers before your travel then you will be in safety during your trip.

  2. [...] In Perspective: Safety in the U.S. Versus Mexico 31 May 2011 Comments (1) There’s been a lot of news coverage about violence in Mexico, very little of it bothering to note that Mexico is a huge country with thirty-some states and that a) almost all of that violence is narco-related and b) you can count the number of tourists affected on one hand. [...]

  3. Maybe a nitpick, but Puerto Rico isn’t a country – it’s part of the US. Almost everyone killed there is a “US Citizen”.

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