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Louisiana is ‘Most Violent’

By on April 26, 2012

The United States is less violent today than at any time in the last 20 years  — Maine was the least violent state and Louisiana the most violent, according to a Cambridge group who surveyed and studied the issue.

The United  States Peace Index, produced by Institute for Economics and Peace, found  Cambridge, Mass., the most peaceful metropolitan area and Detroit the most  violent. The index analyzes peacefulness at the state and city levels, via five  indicators: The number of homicides, number of violent crimes, the incarceration  rate, number of police employees and the availability of small arms.


2012 United States Peace Index from Vision of Humanity on Vimeo.

There were improvements in all indicators from the 2011 to the 2012 Index.  The national homicide rate decreased by 3.78%, the violent crime rate  fell 6.03% and the total number of state prisoners fell by 0.6%. It’s important to keep in mind that among the most violent states, you will find similar characteristics of high poverty rates in minority communities and a history of racial strife among several states. It should also be noted that several states publicly refused stimulus funds, which could have impacted local resources and driving up crime.

Following Maine as the most peaceful states were:

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

Following Louisiana as the most violent states were: 

  • Tennessee
  • Nevada
  • Florida
  • Arizona
  • Missouri
  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama

By metropolitan area

1. Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass. 2. Edison-New Brunswick, N.J. 3 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. 4. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn. 5. Peabody, Mass.

… 55. Jacksonville, Fla. 56. Las Vegas-Paradise Nev. 57. Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown, Texas 58. Baltimore-Towson, Md. 59. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendal, Fla. 60. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La. 61. Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich.

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