Mexico Peace Index Report

The 2015 Mexico Peace Index Report provides a comprehensive analysis of peace in Mexico’s 32 states over the last 11 years.

The Report includes an analysis of trends in peace and conflict, a metropolitan peace index, an assessment of Mexico’s levels of positive peace and a positive peace index, a calculation of the cost of violence in Mexico, a detailed methodology and a series of short essays from experts in their field. 

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Key Findings


The most peaceful state in Mexico is Hidalgo, followed by Yucatan, Queretaro, Campeche, and Tlaxcala. The eastern region of Mexico remains the most peaceful, while the northern region is the most violent.

The least peaceful state is Guerrero, followed by Morelos, Sinaloa, Michoacán and Guanajuato. According to the Mexico Metropolitan Peace Index (see page 11 of report), the least peaceful cities are:  Culiacan, Chilpancingo, Tecoma, La Laguna and Acapulco.

Trends in Peace

Mexico’s levels of peace have increased by 16% since 2011. However this is a fragile peace, as 2014 showed very little improvement, indicating that it is too early to determine if this trend towards peace will last.

The homicide rate has decreased by 30%, the organised crime rate fell by 25% and the violent crime rate fell by 12%.

Over the same time period, crimes using weapons increased by 11%. Additionally, the justice efficiency indicator continued to decline, as did the rate at which people were sent to prison; the combination of these factors is a disturbing trend.

Positive Peace in Mexico

Peace is more than just the absence of violence. Included in this edition of the Mexico Peace Index is a Mexico Positive Peace Index which measures the strength of attitudes, structures and institutions that provide the foundation for peace.

The three factors that are most influential on levels of peace in Mexican states are: function of government, levels of corruption and relations with neighbours. Investment in these areas would see a more peaceful and economically prosperous Mexico.


The Mexico Peace Index uses seven indicators to gauge the level of peace in 32 states from 2003-2014. The indicators are: homicide rates, violent crimes, weapons crime, incarceration, police funding, efficiency of the justice system, and the level of organised crime.

About the Index

The Mexico Peace Index is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the social and economic factors that develop a more peaceful society.

The research aims to provide the evidence base and data for a broader policy debate about how to reduce violence in Mexico.

The 2015 Mexico Peace Index the second edition of the Index, the first edition was released in 2013. The research was conducted with guidance from an Expert Panel representing various institutions such as IMCO, CIDE, Mexico Evalua and INEGI.



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