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United States Peace Index – 2011, Results Summary

The U.S. Peace Index is the first in a series of national peace indices that the Institute for Economics and Peace will be releasing to complement and build on its highly respected Global Peace Index. The aim is to further understand the types of environments that are associated with peace and its economic impacts at a more specific regional level.

The first-ever ranking of the 50 U.S. states by the Institute for Economics and Peace shows that Maine is the most peaceful state in America, followed by New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota and North Dakota.

The United States Peace Index also shows Louisiana is the least peaceful state with Tennessee, Nevada, Florida and Alabama also scoring lower levels of peacefulness.

Key Findings

– First-ever ranking of peace in the U.S. shows the nation has become more peaceful since 1995
– New York, California and Texas record highest increases in peace since 1991, while North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana see largest declines
– Peace is significantly correlated with factors related to economic opportunity, education and health
– Peace is politically neutral – neither Republican nor Democratic states have an advantage

Significant economic benefits

The U.S. Peace Index report identifies that a reduction in violent crime and incarceration to Canadian levels would yield an estimated $89 billion in direct savings and $272 billion in additional economic activity. This additional economic activity has the potential to create 2.7 million jobs which would significantly reduce unemployment.
United States Peace Index – 2011, Results Summary

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