Published On: Wed, Sep 5th, 2018

Many Americans ask themselves, is it safe to travel to San Miguel de Allende?

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San Miguel de Allende, one of the most quaint and charming towns in Mexico, is a number one tourist destination.  But is it safe?  News reports of crime in Mexico have many travelers wary of flying south.  However, Mexico is a large country and many of these reported crimes take place in cities far from San Miguel.

Crime On A National Level

Mexico has thirty-one states and a total land area of 761,606 sq miles (About three times the size of Texas). To drive from Juárez, Mexico in the north (near the Texan border) to Tapachula, Mexico in the south (near the Guatemalan border) takes over a day and a half (1,792 miles – 2884 km). With such a large country it is expected there would be a proportionate amount of crime.

However, a close study of official statistics shows that most of Mexico has a modest crime rate. On average, the murder rate is 2 murders per 100,000 in most states. That’s about the same as Evansville, Indiana or Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. In Mexico City, the average is 8 per 100,000, which is  low for the most populated city in the western world.

Discover the Pleasures of Strolling Colonial San Miguel de Allende (Photo: International Living)

Discover the Pleasures of Strolling Colonial San Miguel de Allende (Photo: International Living)

Crime On A Local Level

In spite of the recent news reports about increases in violence in Mexico, a holiday in San Miguel de Allende is safer than vacationing in some parts of the U.S. Risk in one part of a country should not preclude travel within the whole country.

A news report about a murder in Manhattan wouldn’t stop most from visiting the Hamptons, which is less than two hours away from New York City. A report about a murder in Juarez, which is about 18 hours from San Miguel de Allende, shouldn’t stop tourists from coming down to San Miguel.




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