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Mapping Mexico's gang violence

Mapping Mexico's gang violence | Geography In the News |
Voters are counting on the next president to find a solution to the country's alarming rise in organised crime.


This interactive features shows temporal and spatial data on drug-related deaths in Mexico since 2007.  Also connected are profiles of the presidential candidates of the three major political parties (PRI, PAN and PRD) and with their platform on drugs and ways to curtail the accompanying violence.  Mexico's presidents can only hold office for one term, but it is a six-year term...2012 isn't just about Obama and Romney. 

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James Hobson's curator insight, September 23, 2014 12:46 PM

(Mexico topic 7)

A picture (specifically a map, in this case) is absolutely worth a thousand words, and can invoke many more. Over 10,000 deaths in Chihuahua but less than 20 in Baja California Sur, for example - though Chihuahua's population is greater, the percentages based upon population are still way out of proportions. For some perspective, If Rhode Island were in Chihuahua's situation, that would mean over 3000 cartel-related deaths every year in the state (~0.3% of the total population).

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 16, 2014 9:15 PM

The statistics in this interactive diagram are staggering. The death toll in Chihuahua alone was 10,134 people (2007-2010), the drastic increase from 2007 to 2010 is immense.Many attribute this violence to the on going battle of Mexico's two largest drug cartels. In the 2012 election the clear frontrunner took the presidency, Enrique Peña Nieto. It was clear than that something needed to change in this country, it would be interesting to research if anything had been.

Jason Schneider's curator insight, February 3, 3:35 PM

I just finished reading a scoop about violence in Mexico getting worse and I discovered that violence in Mexico comes from its poor economy, drugs and dead-end lives. Chihuahua, the largest state in Mexico has the most number of violent deaths in Mexico with over 10,000 deaths. The smallest state in Mexico, Tlaxcala has only 13 deaths due to gang violence. YOu would think that the size matters in the number of deaths due to gang violence but that is not the case. Sinaloa is smaller than Sonora and Sinaloa's death rate due to gang violence is four times higher than Sonora's. Also, Baja California Sur is slightly smaller than Baja California Norte is Baja California Norte's death rate due to gang violence is 105 times higher than Baja California Sur's death rate.

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