Mexico’s homicide rate dropped again last year, maintaining a downward trend that began in 2011, according to figures released by the national statistics institute, INEGI.
The numbers indicate there were 16 homicides per 100,000 people in 2014, down from 19 the year before. The rate peaked at 28 in 2009 during the drug cartel war initiated by former president Felipe Calderón.
In actual numbers, last year’s homicides totaled 19,669, down 3,394 from 23,063 in 2013.
The states with the highest number were México in first place with 2,879, followed by Guerrero with 1,719 and Chihuahua with 1,692.
Men dominated homicide victims: of last year’s total, 17,221 were males and just 2,349 females. The gender of the remaining 99 was not specified.
Mexico’s homicide rate was well below that of several other Latin American countries, such as Honduras with 90.4, Venezuela 53.7, El Salvador 41.2, Guatemala 39.9, Colombia 30.8, Puerto Rico 26.5 and Brazil 24.2.