Want to stay safe? Head to Maine and avoid Louisiana as America’s most violent states revealed

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2140604/Institute-Economics-Peace-U-S-peace-index–Head-Maine-avoid-Louisiana-Americas-violent-states-revealed.html

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 21:03 EST, 6 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:14 EST, 6 May 2012

For those looking for peace, it may be wise to steer clear of Louisiana.

So says the non-profit Institute for Economics and Peace, which has released its U.S. peace index for the second-straight year.

24/7 Wall St. reported that the rankings were compiled based on five categories, including violent crime, amount of law enforcement and the ability to obtain small arms.

Scroll down for video

Data: The findings were based on five factors, including violent crime, amount of law enforcement and the ability to obtain small armsData: The findings were based on five factors, including violent crime, amount of law enforcement and the ability to obtain small arms

IEP founder Steve Killelea told 24/7 Wall St.: ‘In perfect states, there’d be no crime, therefore you’d have no need for police, nor would you lock anyone up.’

Mr Killelea said that because peace is not an exact science, the organisation’s findings are based on several factors.

Killelea told 247WallSt.com: ‘I don’t think there’s a single silver bullet which creates peace. I think it’s multi-dimensional and really complex. So, on that basis, we’ve pulled out the correlations.’

Violent: Louisiana was marred by its murder rate, which - at 11.2 per 100,000 people - is the highest among each of the 50 statesViolent: Louisiana was marred by its murder rate, which – at 11.2 per 100,000 people – is the highest among each of the 50 states

Louisiana was marred by its murder rate, which – at 11.2 per 100,000 people – is the highest among each of the 50 states.

Maine, which has been crowned the most peaceful state in the nation, had the lowest levels of violent crime, incarceration and police officers.

A state’s education system also comes into play in the IEP data, with education appearing to have the most impact on where a particular state wound up on the list.

Tranquil: Maine, named the most peaceful state in the nation, had the lowest levels of violent crime, incarceration and police officersTranquil: Maine, named the most peaceful state in the nation, had the lowest levels of violent crime, incarceration and police officers

High school graduation rates in particular had a striking effect on that state’s rank in the peace index.

Killellea told the 24/7 Wall St.: ‘It is not so much the quality of education that matters for peace, but that states keep children in school and off the streets.’

The IEP, which is based in Australia, first released the U.S. peace rankings last year.

THE MOST PEACEFUL STATES IN AMERICA

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

THE MOST VIOLENT STATES IN AMERICA

  1. Louisiana
  2. Tennessee
  3. Nevada
  4. Florida
  5. Arizona
  6. Missouri
  7. Texas
  8. Arkansas
  9. South Carolina
  10. Mississippi

Watch video here

Click on the link below to view video:

Advertisements

Posted on May 7, 2012, in Politics, US Politics and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on ReverendBuki and commented:
    No surprise…The South is Violent and the North is Peaceful.
    is it gun laws, or education, or economics?
    Sure their economy sucks, we knew that for years, since the northern economy is sucked dry by the south…
    and their education sucks, we knew that too, since they keep insisting on trying to teach creationism…
    and their gun policies are Bat-shit, we knew that too, since they constantly mis-read the constituional amendment about well regulated militias…
    You have to have one of the world’s largest cities in the North, NYC, to bring violence up just a tad…but still New York stays out of the top 10 most violent states.
    Then again, New York is a northern state so:
    Better education, better economy, better gun laws.
    Maybe the South would be better off putting the bibles down and picking up a textbook now and again, maybe they should finally admit that the NRA is making them more stupid by the day…or should we say, “stoopider”
    Should we keep treating the South as if it were a pet that occassionally soils the carpet, or should we finally teach it to shit outside?
    How about pretending they won, and letting them form their own damned country.
    “OK, you know what? We looked at the stats…and uh…you guys won after all. Good luck.”

What do you think? Share your thoughts below

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: