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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:51 AM
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United States Peace Index: Maine Most Peaceful, Louisiana Least Peaceful State in the Nation
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WASHINGTON, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --



Maine is the most peaceful U.S. state, while Louisiana is the least peaceful, based on results from the U.S. Peace Index (USPI), the first-ever ranking of the states on their levels of peace. The USPI will be released today in Washington, D.C.

The USPI, created by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an international think tank responsible for the annual Global Peace Index, revealed that peace in the United States improved by 8 percent from 1995 to 2009. This improvement was driven by a substantial decrease in rates of homicide and violent crime.

"I congratulate IEP on a meticulous, judicious and intriguing study of a vitally important topic," said James K. Galbraith, Chair, Economists for Peace and Security, a UN-registered NGO, with an international network of thirteen affiliated organizations that promote economic analysis and appropriate action for peace, security and the world economy.

The Index, which defines peace as "the absence of violence," looks at a set of five indicators, including homicide rates, violent crimes, percentage of the population in jail, number of police officers and availability of small arms (per 100,000 people) to rank the states. The data used to construct the Index is drawn from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Centers for Disease Control.

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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:56 AM
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1. "...nothing to do with politics, red states, blue states..."
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, North Dakota: blue, blue, blue, blue, red.
Louisiana, Tennessee, Nevada, Florida, Alabama: red, red, red til 2008, red til 2008, redder than red.

Naw, nothing to do with politics. Being liberal says nothing about being able to live with others better. Gotta love the Washington Moonie Times.
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PotatoChip Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:12 AM
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2. I would think that the number of guns
would skew the otherwise good results for Maine. Everybody and his brother owns guns up here. But otoh, they did say 'small arms' which, I'm sure excludes hunting rifles. Nonetheless, I know a lot of people who own 'small arms' as well. So :shrug:

Interesting study though.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:26 PM
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