I used to blog almost monthly about murder statistics in El Salvador. I stopped doing it so regularly because (a) it was depressing and (b) some criticized me for giving El Salvador a bad name and potentially scaring off people who might want to visit. Still, since violent crime is one of the number one worries of Salvadorans, it worth looking at the most recent statistics, as published in El Mundo:
- There were 1279 murders through May 2008, or approximately 8.5 per day.
- The departments with the fewest murders are Chaletenango and Morazan.
- Almost 90% of the victims are male and almost 70% are between the ages of 15 and 34.
- 160 municipalities have registered at least one homicide, while 102 have not seen a murder this year.
- The national homicide rate is 60.9 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. The most violent municipality is Quezaltepeque with a homicide rate of 175 per 100,000.