Medellin: From dangerous to innovative

For many years, Latin America has been home to the most dangerous cities in the world.

The Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice – a security watchdog in Mexico – puts together an annual report of the top 50 most violent cities.

This year, the Venezuelan capital Caracas was revealed the most violent city in the world, with a death toll of 3946, a rate of 119.87 per 100,000 residents.

Other cities such as San Salvador, went up the ranking from number 13 on the list to #3.

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But the most surprising reductions in crime have been in cities well known for their long fuelled violence by their big drug cartels such as Medellin-Colombia and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.

In 2010, Medellin – hometown of the biggest druglord of all times, Pablo Escobar – was 10th on the list with an 82.62 homicide rate per 100,000 citizens.

Now it’s left the ranking list, reducing its homicide rate by 67% over the last four years.

Medellin – also known as the city of the eternal spring – has undoubtedly had the greatest homicide rate reduction.

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In 2013, it was named the world’s most innovative city by The Citi and the Marketing Services Department of the Wall Street Journal, due to it’s great progress in means of transport such as the metro, and cable car system.