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Adding Mexico City plus immediate suburbs, the annual number of killings has more than doubled since 2007.

The surge of violence in the country has not affect Mexico City that much. Of the near 35,000 murders related to organised crime that the government counted between 2007 and 2010, just 1.9% took place in Mexico City. Considering that the metropolis accounts for about 8% of the country’s population, the statistics shows good results for the core of the capital of Mexico.

But you can encounter real violence as soon as you approach to the overlap between the city and its suburbs.

The state of Mexico, which encircles the capital, has seen a big increase in violence since 2007, as has the state of Morelos, which shares a border with the south of Mexico City.

As you can see in the first chart, the number of killings in the states of Mexico and Morelos has increased considerably since 2007, when the government began its war on drugs.

Chart 1 - Comparison of the state of Mexico, the Mexico City and Morelos (credit of chart to The Economist).

But, let us keep analyzing the capital of the country Mexico City.

The Presidency of Mexico recently publicized some comprehensive data  on the location of homicides, and therefore it is now possible to graphic the violence more precisely.

The second chart is plotting the killings in Mexico City, plus those in the municipalities that directly border the capital.

Two things stand out.

First, Mexico City is way under the violence taking place in Morelos. The three municipalities of  Morelos that border Mexico City have seen almost none significative increase in the killings.

In the state of Mexico (state that includes Mexico City), specifically in the 13 municipalities that share a border with Mexico City the violence and killings have increased disproportionately.

Over the past four years they have witnessed near 800 murders linked to cartel crime—which is over half the total for the entire state of Mexico (near 140 municipalities).

Chart 2 - (Credit of chart to The Economist)

The conclutions is that mexico Citi remains stable in terms of violence and killings, if compared with the rest of the country, but when we included the immediate 13  suburbs of the state of Mexico, bordering with Mexico City, the annual number of killings has more than doubled since 2007.