El Salvador, former murder capital of the world, is now safer than Chicago and BALTIMORE

KEY FACTS:

  • In 2018, Baltimore, in particular, had 51 murders per 100,000 residents. That same year, San Salvador had a smaller number; 50.3 murders per 100,000 residents. San Salvador was long the most dangerous city in our hemisphere.
  • Baltimore also had a higher murder rate than Guatemala, Honduras, and Afghanistan. 
  • This past weekend in Chicago 55 were shot, 5 of those shootings were fatal.

The president of El Salvador not so long ago, made a bold point to Tucker Carlson of Fox News. While in EL Salvador shooting a documentary on MS-13 and immigration during their interview, he suggested that, actually, it might make sense for people on the south side of Chicago to apply for refugee status in El Salvador, not the other way around. Why? Because It’s less dangerous.

TUCKER: The United States has seen a dramatic increase in crime and murders in cities across the country. What would your advice be to leaders in the US? 

PRESIDENT BUKELE:  To be tough on crime. Before, El Salvador was the murder capital of the world. Three years ago it was the murder capital of the world. Now crime has been reduced to 75% – violent crimes. … So now, it’s more dangerous to live in Chicago than it is to live in El Salvador. 

The president of El Salvador’s point is not a random talking point. The statistics support his assertion. According to the numbers, El Salvador is in fact safer than many major American cities; safer than Baltimore or Chicago for example.  

In 2018, Baltimore, in particular, had 51 murders per 100,000 residents. That same year, San Salvador had a smaller number; 50.3 murders per 100,000 residents. San Salvador was long the most dangerous city in our hemisphere. Baltimore also had a higher murder rate than Guatemala, Honduras, and Afghanistan. 

This past weekend in Chicago 55 were shot, 5 of those shootings were fatal.

One these tragic Chicago shooting that has attracted national attention occurred at about 4 a.m. Sunday when at least eight people were wounded around after someone fired into a crowd at a party in the 8900-block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in Burnside. Six men and two women were among the injured, with more than half in serious to critical condition.

These occurrences are now more or less common place.