Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía, INEGI) reported that there were 22,732 homicides in 2013, or 19 per 100,000 residents, a 12% decrease from 2012. This closely reflects the estimate put forth in Justice in Mexico’s April 2014 “Drug Violence in Mexico” report, in which it was estimated that INEGI would report between 22,000 and 24,000 homicides for 2013. The number of homicides varied widely across states, with four states (State of Mexico, Guerrero, Chihuahua, Jalisco and Sinaloa) and the Federal District (Distrito Federal, DF) accounting for more than half of all homicides nationwide. Guerrero had the highest murder rate among Mexican states, with 63 per 100,000 residents, while Chihuahua followed closely, with 59 per 100,000. States registering at least 10 homicides per 100,000 residents declined or stayed relatively level from 2012, with the notable exception of Baja California, which jumped from 17 to 23. Sonora, another northern border-state, increased from 19 to 23 homicides per 100,000 residents.
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