Jeff O’Brien called my attention to this SF Gate article, Five Safest Places in Mexico for Travelers, which is pleasantly free of hysteria. I agree that the states of Tlaxcala, Yucatan, Queretaro, and Baja California Sur are good bets for travelers. That said, I feel the need to point out that this list could easily be a top ten list or even top thirty. The data on death rates can sound more alarming than need be. As the author acknowledges,
“In 2010, Mexico City’s drug-related homicide rate was 2.2 per 100,000. While it is not an exact comparison, since the Mexico database tracks specifically drug-related deaths, Washington, D.C.’s homicide rate for 2009, the latest year for which the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reportis available, of 24 per 100,000 adds some perspective. California’s rate was 5.3; the U.S. national average was 5.0.”
Incidentally, Mexico City’s overall homicide rate is 9 per 100,000. So any way you slice it, Mexico City has a lower murder rate than Washington D.C. Actually, when it comes to homicide, The Big Enchilada is slightly safer than Minneapolis.