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Study: Maine most peaceful state; Louisiana least
CBS ^ | April 6, 2011 | unatrributed

Posted on 04/07/2011 12:54:17 PM PDT by ruination

In the first-ever state ranking of peace in the United States, the Institute for Economics and Peace found that Maine was the most peaceful state in the country, while Louisiana came in last.

The international think tank, which also issues an annual Global Peace Index, found that the United States is 8 percent more peaceful in 2009 than it was in 1995.

The United States Peace Index defines "peace" as the "absence of violence."

To determine the rankings, the index looked at factors including homicide rates, violent crimes, percentage of the population in jail, number of police officers and availability of small arms.

The Index also estimates the "total cost of violence" for each state which reflects the cost of correctional and policing services, judicial system and medical costs associated with violent crime and homicide, and lost productivity and wages. In Maine, that total cost per person is $656; in Louisiana it is $2,458.

Regionally, southern states were the least peaceful, and states in the northeast were the most peaceful. During the years examined, New York experienced the most significant increase in peace, because violent crime dropped as well as incarceration rates. California and Texas also had increases in peace since 1991, while North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana saw the largest declines.

The ranking also found that peace was significantly correlated to economic opportunity, education and health, but is politically neutral - neither Republican nor Democratic states had an advantage.

Top 10 most peaceful states:

1. Maine
2. New Hampshire
3. Vermont
4. Minnesota
5. North Dakota
6. Utah
7. Massachusetts
8. Rhode Island
9. Iowa
10. Washington

Top 10 least peaceful states:

1, Louisiana
2. Tennessee
3. Nevada
4. Florida
5. Alabama
6. Texas
7. Arkansas
8. Oklahoma
8. South Carolina
10. Maryland<

For the complete ranking, click here.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Louisiana; US: Maine; US: New Hampshire; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: diversity
The three most peaceful states also turn out to be the least diverse (i.e., least nonwhite) in the entire country. A quick glance at the top 10 and the bottom 10 suggests that this pattern generally holds across the country.
1 posted on 04/07/2011 12:54:23 PM PDT by ruination
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To: ruination

Tennessee ranks 49th, imagine that...


2 posted on 04/07/2011 12:55:25 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Where’s the war in Tennessee? I must have missed it.


3 posted on 04/07/2011 12:57:01 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: ruination

Whaddya say we knock off a liquah stah?

Are you kiddin' me? In this weathah?

4 posted on 04/07/2011 1:04:05 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: ruination

Well, the gun-loving/clinging south is well represented I see.


5 posted on 04/07/2011 1:04:30 PM PDT by Sertorius (A hayseed with no Greek and dam^ proud of it)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I have been looking for it myself. Heck, I even have my own Army truck, an old M35A2 deuce and a half.


6 posted on 04/07/2011 1:04:38 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: ruination
availability of small arms

So what the the rankings looked like if you weren't prejudiced against gun ownership?

7 posted on 04/07/2011 1:06:09 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: ruination

I wish they would ‘define’ peaceful.

I grew up in Queens and now live in Texas.

Texas is a hell of a lot more peaceful than New York.


8 posted on 04/07/2011 1:06:49 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: ruination
The United States Peace Index defines "peace" as the "absence of violence."

My definition of peace is when American Exceptionalism is restored and our enemies fear us (better yet when our enemies are vanquished). If it takes violence to achieve that goal, so be it.

9 posted on 04/07/2011 1:07:41 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I guess someone shot a man in Memphis.


10 posted on 04/07/2011 1:09:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: ruination

8% more peaceful??

What is this, a Monty Python sketch?

“Do we have any figures on just how scared they are?”


11 posted on 04/07/2011 1:12:00 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Yeah, you just gotta know those guns are busy whispering amongst themselves, ready to carry out their own rebellion, the way the toys came to life in the mythical song of the toy shop when the toymaker locked it up for the night.

No wonder there’s so much “war” in Tennessee.


12 posted on 04/07/2011 1:12:50 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Where’s the war in Tennessee?

Memphis.

13 posted on 04/07/2011 1:13:07 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Texas is a hell of a lot more peaceful than New York.

I take it you don't live in Houston or in one of the border towns. Comparing Queens to the rest of New York state is not fair. There are lots of peaceful, quiet little towns in NY State just like there are in Texas. But both states also have their crime hell holes.

14 posted on 04/07/2011 1:17:43 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Major cities in Texas has some of highest per captia crime in the U.S.


15 posted on 04/07/2011 1:24:36 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: ruination
availability of small arms

I wonder how that is factored in? Wouldn't it make more sense to use gun crimes committed with small arms as the factor?

Arizonans have free access to all kinds of weapons and we didn't make either list, we ranked 37. While our freaky gun control neighbor California ranked 33rd.

16 posted on 04/07/2011 1:26:46 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Ditto

What ought to be ranked is counties, not states, and forget about the bare availability of guns, what matters is how the people in that locale use them.


17 posted on 04/07/2011 1:27:38 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Where’s the war in Tennessee?

They had to account for the University of Tennessee football team.

18 posted on 04/07/2011 1:29:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: pfflier

Just being in the USA means it’s easy to get a gun (Mexico would be in that category too). It’s kind of like how door locks are mostly there to stop trivial mischief makers, not serious criminals.


19 posted on 04/07/2011 1:30:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Ditto
There are lots of peaceful, quiet little towns in NY State just like there are in Texas. But both states also have their crime hell holes.

The Morgan Quitno have a number of New York cities listed among the 25 Safest Cities Areas of 2010 with Colonie, NY at the top of the ranking. Both Texas and New York are represented in that safe city list with New York netting 5 and Texas with 4.

The list of the 25 most dangerous cities all fit the expected profile. Determining just what that "profile" might be is left as an exercise...

20 posted on 04/07/2011 1:30:45 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
What ought to be ranked is counties, not states...

I would agree with that. For instance, seeing Maryland on that list. The high crime is primarily centered in Baltimore and maybe a couple of DC inner ring suburbs and that skews the statistics for the entire state which has some very nice peaceful smaller towns.

21 posted on 04/07/2011 1:37:46 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: ruination

A low population density helps too.


22 posted on 04/07/2011 1:40:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: ruination
WE'RE #1!!


23 posted on 04/07/2011 1:41:31 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: colorado tanker

I lived all over the country and have lived in Maine for ten years.

Having a half dozen fire arms is normal here.

Many problems are solved here without calling the county deputies.

(Also, ‘drive-by’s are really tough in a ‘noreaster.)


24 posted on 04/07/2011 2:04:32 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: Sertorius

It’s just because Yankees are poor shots.


25 posted on 04/07/2011 2:11:20 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: maine yankee
Not to play the race card but Maine is 98% white. Louisiana 65% White

No correlation ?

26 posted on 04/07/2011 2:14:22 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I also recall someone shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.


27 posted on 04/07/2011 2:18:49 PM PDT by xp38
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To: maine yankee

All kidding aside, Maine is a beautiful state. I still remember with fondness our visit to Acadia.


28 posted on 04/07/2011 3:57:32 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: scooby321

We’re shootin’ for 99


29 posted on 04/07/2011 6:22:28 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: ruination

I took census bureau data from 2008 for non-Hispanic white population percentage, stuck it in a spreadsheet with the peace index, then did a scatter chart. While correlation is not causation, there is no doubt that white population percentage correlated very well with a lower (more peaceful) Peace Index.


30 posted on 04/07/2011 7:11:24 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: re_nortex

See my previous post; that profile?


31 posted on 04/07/2011 7:17:39 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: scooby321

See my post at #30. The scatter diagram had strong linearity.


32 posted on 04/07/2011 7:22:56 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

I’m not surprised! Do you have a picture of the plot you could post?


33 posted on 04/07/2011 9:50:07 PM PDT by ruination
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To: ruination
The three most peaceful states also turn out to be the least diverse (i.e., least nonwhite) in the entire country. A quick glance at the top 10 and the bottom 10 suggests that this pattern generally holds across the country.

Not surprising. The same pattern applies to cities, as well. Kudos for having the nerve to say it.

34 posted on 04/08/2011 12:19:33 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: ruination
Top 10 least peaceful states:
Louisiana Number 1

Yeeee Hawwwwwww, Louisiana #1

Oh, probably shouldn't said that.........Never mind.

35 posted on 04/08/2011 12:46:41 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Bachmann, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: FreedomPoster
I found scatter plots of the same data posted at another site. Here they are:

The data basically confirms what one would suspect.
36 posted on 04/08/2011 5:04:47 PM PDT by ruination
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