One of the Safest Cities in Mexico
The state of Querétaro and the city of Santiago de Querétaro are among the safest places to live and travel in Mexico. The high level of safety enjoyed by the city is a reflection of its great prosperity, its stable local government, and a police department that boasts a level of corruption lower than that of comparable departments in Europe and the U.S.
Below you will find a graphic that compares the level of crime in Santiago de Querétaro with corresponding levels in cities elsewhere in Mexico, as well as a map that shows the distance between Querétaro and the places that have seen a rise in drug-related crime in recent months. Please move your mouse over the images to make them larger.
Here are some statistics to help put some of the news into perspective with regards to the safety in Querétaro.
These statistics are from 2010. A full breakdown of Mexicos murder statistics can be found on the Mexican Government website here.
- Querétaro Murder Rate: 2.02 per 100,000
- Mexico City Murder Rate: 9.80 per 100,000
- Phoenix Murder Rate: 12.56 per 100,000
- Los Angeles Murder Rate: 17.11 per 100,000
- U.S. National Average: 5 per 100,000
Here is another interesting comparison that provides needed context to violence statistics in Mexico, as well as compares safety statistics between Mexico and the U.S. The official number of 111 U.S. citizens who were killed in Mexico last year may seem scary at first, but this was out of the almost 8 million U.S. citizens who visited Mexico last year. In comparison, Boston, Las Vegas and Orlando also had 111 murders last year, and almost 1,000 U.S. citizens were killed in Puerto Rico (a country that gets far less press). The statistic becomes eve more grounded once other facts are presented, namely, that a two thirds of those 111 murders happened in just 2 cities and almost all of them were involved “in illicit vocations, usually the trafficking of guns, drugs, or people across the border.”
Another way to develop an ongoing and up-to-date picture of the quality of life in Querétaro is to view the city through the eyes of one of its residents. Burro Hall is a blog kept by a CBS reporter who lives with his wife in Querétaro while he is not on assignment. You may also wish to read this great safety site called Is Mexico Safe To Travel which puts the safety in Querétaro and Mexico into perspective.
At the Querétaro Language School we take the safety of our students very seriously. If you have any questions or concerns about safety, please do not hesitate to contact us.