Maine earned the top spot in this year’s United States Peace Index as the most peaceful state in the country.
Each year, a survey is conducted by the Institute for Economics & Peace and is based on five criteria: the number of homicides per 100,000 people; number of violent crimes; incarceration rate; number of police employees; and availability of small arms.
The United States in general has experienced a decline in violence compared to the 2011 survey, with a 3.2% drop in homicides and a 5.5% drop in violent crimes.
Jeff Mateja is the CEO/REALTOR at Universal Properties at Keller Williams Realty in Portland, Maine, and founder of ILovePortlandMaine.com, a blog about everything Portland, Maine, and beyond. Jeff also offers two premier home search tools for Buyers via FindPortlandHomesNow.com and FindMaineHomesNow.com. If you would like further information on any blog topics, please e-mail Jeff Mateja.
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