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Safety Over Sensationalism

27 November 2013

Even though it is regularly touted by travel outlets and experts as one of the world’s best travel destinations, Mexico continues to be singled out for violent crime.  Not only are Mexico’s key tourist destinations safe, but according to statistics, they are safer than many other popular tourist destinations around the world.

While the media often portrays Mexico as the most dangerous place on earth, it is statistically quite safe. According to NationMaster.com which uses U.N.-based data, Mexico doesn’t even make the list of the 36 nations with the highest murder rates. Mild-mannered nations like Sweden and Switzerland top Mexico for murders on NationMaster.com.  Even when we add on independent estimates for unreported homicides, Mexico ranks 21st behind many popular vacation destinations. Places we think of as idyllic Caribbean retreats have double, triple, even quadruple the murder rates of Mexico. Mexico’s famous vacation areas are even safer than the averaged statistics, and even safer still for tourists.”

Did you know that the Yucatan, the biggest tourist destination in Mexico, is as safe as rural U.S. states?  Or that New Orleans and Washington D.C. are more dangerous than Mexico City?  As the article points out, violent crime is actually low in Mexico as a whole, and the U.S. assault rate is 5 times higher than that of Mexico.  Unless you are involved in the drug trade, statistically speaking, you are actually safer in most parts of Mexico than in the U.S.

To read the full article, go here.

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