chessdev (chessdev) wrote in talk_politics,

The Least and Most Violent States in the U.S.

The United States is more peaceful now than at any time in the past 20 years. Nevertheless, violence still cost the economy at least $460 billion in 2010, through a combination of lost productivity and direct costs, according to a new report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace. 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the report in order to identify the most and least peaceful states, as well as how much they spend on violence.

Louisiana, which is the least peaceful state, has the highest rate of homicide. Maine is the most peaceful state and has the lowest rate of violent crime.

Peace, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace, is a combination of the absence of violence and the institutions required to address it. In an interview with 24/7 Wall St., chairman and founder of the IEP, Steve Killelea explained, “In perfect states, there’d be no crime, therefore you’d have no need for police, nor would you lock anyone up.”

Most PeaceFul States: (Long list of stats in the article - left out here for brevity)
* Maine
* Vermont
* New Hampshire
* Rest of list here

Most Violent States:
* Lousiana
* Tennessee
* Nevada
* Rest of list here

I know this has been seen before but It's ironic enough on several levels it was worth showing again with 2010 numbers:

some of the factors listed for violence include poverty rate, labor force participation, and income inequality.
The irony is that many of the peaceful states are "Blue States" and the most violent ones are "Red States" traditionally.

That the Republicans often advertise that their policies would help the economy, help people lift themselves out of poverty, that
looser gun control laws will reduce crime -- and yet, when you look at the results of states that follow these policies on State and Local government levels -- we see some of the worst results in the country.

Especially as the election marches closer, I think it would be a good reminder to take a look at the shape of areas that are
closest to enacting the policies being recommended for the country -- as they say, the proof is in the pudding.

Tags: article, research, violence
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