Yes, that is correct, San Salvador is no longer one of the most dangerous cities in the world. For many years, the nation’s capital was amongst the top most dangerous cities in the world.
Starting in 2019, San Salvador is out of the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world. This is something unprecedented, taking into consideration that the city held the 3rd place for many years.
Many people, including myself, credit president Nayib Bukele and its security plan for the reduction of crime in violence. Many will disagree with that assessment, but it is hard to argue against the results.
Since June 2019, when the new administration began its five-year term, the murder rate in the country has dropped to the lowest since 1991.
Can we stay at this level and get better?
My point of view is that we can definitely get better. I have been back in El Salvador since 2015 and can definitely see a change in how people see things. Overall, people are optimistic and feel safer.
The city of San Salvador is definitely safer than what it was during most of the 2010s. Even my mom, who lived during the civil war and the gang-related wars, feel safe spending time in San Salvador.
Don’t get me wrong, San Salvador still has areas that are not safe; nevertheless, I hope that changes soon.
The most dangerous cities in the world in 2019.
Mexico has the top five most dangerous cities in the world and six out of the top ten. Additionally, it has 19 of the top fifty dangerous cities.
I am definitely happy that San Salvador is not in the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world. In my opinion, from now on, we will definitely be able to stay out of this list and get better.