Let me just start by saying that if you happen to live in one of the places on this list, I mean no offense. I’m just going off of some statistics, so it’s not like the places below are completely unlivable and disaster ridden 24/7. To give an example, I could say that some places in California are dangerous because of earthquakes, but we all know that those don’t occur every single day, at least not the humongous ones. Anyways, with that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the places on Earth that are just a bit more precarious to live in than your average sleepy village in the land of safety and cotton balls…
Located in the Caribbean, Haiti has always been a place rife with turmoil, starting with the slave revolts and civil wars that rocked it in its early years, and continuing with the frequent natural disasters it experiences in the present. Couple that with a directionless government and extreme poverty, and you have a recipe for failure. What makes Haiti especially treacherous to live in is that it not only exists in one of the most active Hurricane spots on the globe, but it’s naturally prone to flooding.
2. Cape Town, South Africa
Beauty and natural wonders abound, but so does crime, poverty, and political unrest. From what I’ve seen, it can be worth the trip; you just need to be careful where you travel within the city, especially at night.
3. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Located in chilly, snowy Wisconsin, Milwaukee experienced a 5 percent increase in violent crime from 2012 to 2013. Though it might look like a winter wonderland from the exterior, there’s reason to be cautious when visiting this city.
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is a beautiful city, filled with national landmarks. That being said its crime rate has been “increasing steadily over the last several years.”
5. Lake Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Lake Kivu contains a deadly pocket of methane gas beneath its murky depths, and all it’ll take to release it is a bit of volcanic activity. If that happens, the people living near the lake are in grave danger, as would be any visitors.
6. St. Louis, Missouri
Blue skies and an intriguing skyline make St. Louis look inviting from afar, but within its city limits exist copious amounts of crime, so much so that one website described it as being “dangerous” to live within its borders.
7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When you think of Brazil, you think of white sands and resorts. That is, until you witness the shanty towns of cities like Rio de Janeiro. While it’s still relatively safe to roam the beaches and hotels, experts caution against straying too far into the city at night due to street crime.
8. Acapulco, Mexico
Another resort town that’s popular when it comes to tourism. That may change, however, as drug violence in the city has steadily increased in recent years.
9. The Maldives
According to Popular Mechanics, the Maldives might not exist at all in a few years thanks to rising sea water levels. Its gotten so bad that some politicians there are advising that they relocate the entire population.
10. Minqin County, China
Located in China’s Gansu province, Minqin County is trapped between two growing deserts, each of which frequently send sandstorms blasting in its direction. Every year, the deserts expand by 10 meters, meaning this county will be enveloped soon enough.
11. Victoria Falls, Africa
A popular tourist attraction, this 355 foot tall waterfall is a site to behold. The dare devils among you have the option of swimming in a small natural pool dubbed the “Devil’s Pool” near the edge of the falls. I don’t know why people would want to do that, but apparently it’s a thing.
12. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Absolutely spectacular to behold. Pictures don’t do it justice, so if you get a chance, go. Still, it’s important to make sure you don’t get too near the edge of the multiple cliffs you’ll be able to walk to, lest you wish to fall over like countless hapless tourists in the past.
13. Llangollen Canal, Wales
This gigantic aqueduct is an impressive site, and you can even ride it on a boat. There’s no guard rail however, and, seeing as the canal rises hundreds of feet above the ground, things can go badly pretty easily.
14.Perrine Bridge, Idaho
One of the more insane bridges I’ve ever seen. Apparently, you don’t need a permit to base jump here, so take that for what it’s worth if you’re into that sort of thing. Just remember: it’s a long way down…
15. Mount Merapi, Indonesia
Otherwise known as “the mountain of fire.” If that doesn’t sound ominous enough, just know that its been responsible for killing over a thousand people in the last century due to frequent eruptions of scalding clouds of gas that kill on contact. Despite its deadly reputation, near a quarter of a million people still choose to live near its base.
Have you been anywhere you’ve considered beautiful, but also potentially dangerous? Tell me in the comments below!
Featured photo credit: Victora Falls/ Steve Jurvetson via flickr.com