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Most Peaceful, Least Peaceful U.S. States


April 25, 2012 — For the 11th year in a push, Maine is the foremost serene state in America, according to the 2012 Joined together States Peace Index report.

The report, created by the Institute for Economics and Peace in Washington, D.C., moreover named Louisiana as the country’s least quiet state. It has held this position for the final 20 years.

To form this yearly coast-to-coast positioning, researchers looked at five key measurements.

Each state’s peace record score was determined by analyzing its murder, savage crime, policing, and jail rates, as well as by the availability of weapons among its inhabitants.

Maine earned the No. 1 spot by having the most reduced levels in the land for violent wrongdoing, people in prison, and number of police representatives. It was one of four New England states to make the nation’s best 10 most quiet places.

The report defined peace as “the nonattendance of violence.”

States Improving

Wyoming made the greatest strides to becoming a more tranquil state, moving from 23rd put last year to 17th put in 2012. Meanwhile, Arizona slipped into the foot five because of a rising crime rate.

There were encouraging signs with 35 out of 50 states improving this year. Forty states had reduced levels of violent crime, 34 states sent fewer people to prison, and 29 had lower homicide rates.

Among locales, the Northeast was considered the foremost tranquil zone with the country’s most reduced manslaughter, violent wrongdoing, and jail rates. It was taken after by the Midwest, West, and finally, the South, which had the most elevated rates of weapon proprietorship.

The report appears “that over the past 20 a long time, America has become substantially more serene, seeing a significant and sustained lessening in coordinate violence,” Institute for Economics and Peace Chairman Steve Killelea says in a news release.

He credits this to lower homicide rates within the U.S., which have been cut in half since 1991, and a nearly 50% drop in rates of rough wrongdoing amid the same period.

Here are the 10 most quiet states for 2012:

Maine Vermont New Hampshire Minnesota Utah North Dakota Washington Hawaii Rhode Island Iowa

Here are the 10 least tranquil states for 2012:

Louisiana Tennessee Nevada Florida Arizona Missouri Texas Arkansas South Carolina Mississippi

For the primary time, the report moreover evaluated the nation’s 61 biggest metropolitan ranges.

Here are the 5 most peaceful U.S. metro areas/cities:

Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass. Edison-New Brunswick, N.J. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis. Peabody, Mass.

Here are the 5 slightest tranquil U.S. metro areas/cities:

Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. Baltimore-Towson, Md. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas

For a total posting of all 50 states and 61 cities, download the full report at www.visionofhumanity.org.