The Purge in real life

The Purge is a Hollywood horror thriller which imagines a future where all crime, including murder, is legal for one night each year. It’s the perfect setting for a horror movie. But is that world a real possibility? Where is the Purge in real life?

Urban Legends

First, let’s briefly look at the urban legends behind the premise. Some believers think The Purge could actually happen, primarily to serve as a form of population control. They then argue the government could target specific demographics, those with radical views or those on low-income that can’t afford protection.

Murder Rates Around The World

Let’s take a look at the murder rates around the world to see if we can find places already living out The Purge.

    • Venezuela – One of the most dangerous countries in the world, murder rates are now almost triple the world average.
    • South Africa – Another country with notoriously high murder rates.
    • Honduras – The most dangerous country in the world, it has one of the highest rates of murder and violence of any country in the world.

These are just a few examples, but it’s easy to see that sadly, high murder rates aren’t exclusive to particular countries. It’s a problem that’s impacting many nations around the globe.


Although it seems shocking and almost unbelievable, we can find some sort of Purge in action in certain parts of the world. It’s a harsh reality for those living in high risk areas and underscores the importance of peace and security for us all.

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