Okay, so, there's a new study out that listed the most violent and least violent states in the US. The study by the Institute for Economics and Peace assessed factors such as number of homicides and violent crimes, the incarceration rate, the number of police, and the availability of small arms. The study also concluded the following:
"The 2012 United States Peace Index (USPI) has found that the U.S. is more peaceful now than at any other time over the last twenty years."
Okay, that's great news! According to its authors, the study "is the only statistical analysis of crime, and the cost of crime, in all 50 states," including the 61 most populous metropolitan areas, and concluded the following:
- Maine is the most peaceful state for the 11th consecutive year; Louisiana is the least peaceful state.
- Wyoming has improved the most while Arizona records the biggest fall.
- The Cambridge metro area is the most peaceful, while Detroit is the least.
- Further improvements in peacefulness would generate hundreds of billions in extra economic activity.
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