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10 Most Peaceful States
Here are the most peaceful states in the U.S., according to the United States Peace Index conducted by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

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The U.S. Peace Index created by the Institute for Economics and Peace shows the country has become more peaceful since 1995, thanks to a substantial drop in homicides and violent crimes. The index, which defines peace as the absence of violence, made its rankings based on five indicators, including homicide rates, violent crimes, percentage of the population in jail, number of police officers and availability of small arms (per 100,000 people).

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Maine

Maine took home top honors as the most peaceful state in the country because it got top marks in three of the five USPI indicator categories: number of violent crimes, number of police officers and the incarceration rate.

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New Hampshire

The Granite State had the lowest homicide rate in the country, but was ranked seventh in terms of the number of police employees per 100,000 people.

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Vermont

The Green Mountain State had the second lowest number of violent crimes of any state, on the other hand, it ranked 21st among the states in terms of the availability of small arms.

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Minnesota

The North Star State ranked 13th among the states in terms of the availability of small arms, yet was ranked second in terms of the percentage of its population with at least a high school diploma in 2008.

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North Dakota

The Peace Garden State had the fifth lowest amount of violent crimes per 100,000 people, yet was ranked 44th in terms of the state’s infant mortality rate in 2007.

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Utah

The Beehive State had the fourth lowest homicide rate in the state, yet ranked 24th in terms of the availability of small arms.

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Massachusetts

The Bay State ranked second for its low availability of small arms, on the other hand was ranked 34th for its higher number of violent crimes per 100,000 people.

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Rhode Island

The Ocean State ranked second for its low teenage death rate in 2007, yet was 35th in terms of the percentage of its population with at least a high school diploma.

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Iowa

Although The Hawkeye State ranked third among the states for its low number of homicides, it ranked 18th for its number of violent crimes per 100,000 people.

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Washington

The Evergreen State ranked second for its number of police employees per 100,000 people, yet it ranked 31st for its high school graduation rate in 2008.

10 Most Peaceful States

Here are the most peaceful states in the U.S., according to the United States Peace Index conducted by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

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