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Maine Named Most Peaceful State by New Survey

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.

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Comment balloon 0 commentsJeff Mateja • April 24 2012 10:27AM