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It's true that when we opt out of travel to stay at home instead we aren't truly living. But, it's also true that every time we take a trip abroad we could be potentially putting our life in danger.

See the thing is, we do our research and we do our best to stay safe, but unless we know our source is truly valid, it can sometimes be tricky to guage just how careful we really need to be. Sometimes we shrug it off as 'dramatic media coverage', while other times we rule out destinations entirely because they haven't been proclaimed safe enough to visit. And while we're all for airing on the side of caution (please, stay safe) it's good to have some solid data to look into and help you make your decision. After all, it would really suck to write off a place you really want to see, when it really isn't as bad as you thought.

And so we're bringing to you the world's most violent cities of 2017, as put together by Business Insider. According to their findings, "Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America, including 17 in Brazil, 12 in Mexico, and five in Venezuela. Colombia had three, Honduras had two, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one."

And while Latin America held an overwhelming percentage of the places on this list, that doesn't mean it's actually the most violent place in the world. As the article explains, "The ranking contains cities with populations of more than 300,000 and does not count deaths in combat zones or cities with unavailable data, so some dangerous cities don't appear on the list."

With that out of the way, we bring to you the top 20 most dangerous cities in the world in 2017. If you're curious what the remaining 30 are, you can visit the full findings on Business Insider's website.

1. Los Cabos, Mexico, had 111.33 homicides per 100,000 residents.
2. Caracas, Venezuela, had 111.19 homicides per 100,000 residents.

3. Acapulco, Mexico, had 106.63 homicides per 100,000 residents.
4. Natal, Brazil, had 102.56 homicides per 100,000 residents.
5. Tijuana, Mexico, had 100.77 homicides per 100,000 residents.
6. La Paz, Mexico, had 84.79 homicides per 100,000 residents.
7. Fortaleza, Brazil, had 83.48 homicides per 100,000 residents.
8. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, had 83.32 homicides per 100,000 residents.
9. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, had 80.28 homicides per 100,000 residents.
10. Belem, Brazil, had 71.38 homicides per 100,000 residents.
11. Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil, had 70.26 homicides per 100,000 residents.
12. Culiacan, Mexico, had 70.10 homicides per 100,000 residents.
13. St. Louis had 65.83 homicides per 100,000 residents.
14. Maceio, Brazil, had 63.94 homicides per 100,000 residents.
15. Cape Town, South Africa, had 62.25 homicides per 100,000 residents.
16. Kingston, Jamaica, had 59.71 homicides per 100,000 residents.
17. San Salvador, El Salvador, had 59.06 homicides per 100,000 residents.
18. Aracaju, Brazil, had 58.88 homicides per 100,000 residents.
19. Feira de Santana, Brazil, had 58.81 homicides per 100,000 residents.
20. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, had 56.16 homicides per 100,000 residents.

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