Most violent states
Most violent states - 'Most-violent states' revealed in new study, Want to stay safe? Head to Maine and avoid Louisiana as America's most violent states revealed. The United States spends big money combating violence and crime. And according to the annual "United States Peace Index", some states are much more violent than others. April 24 (Reuters) - Violence and its aftermath cost the U.S. economy some $460 billion last year, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace's second annual United States Peace Index, released on Tuesday.
Those costs - which include direct burdens like medical care for victims and the prison system and indirect factors like lost productivity - vary widely by state, with the most peaceful states bearing the lowest burden and the most violent spending
Below, a look at the cost of violence to the ten most peaceful and ten most violent U.S. states in 2012:
Most Peaceful States
9. Rhode Island
6. North Dakota
3. New Hampshire
Least Peaceful States
42. South Carolina
For those looking for peace, it may be wise to steer clear of Louisiana. So says the non-profit Institute for Economics and Peace, which has released its U.S. peace index for the second-straight year. 24/7 Wall St. reported that the rankings were compiled based on five categories, including violent crime, amount of law enforcement and the ability to obtain small arms. IEP founder Steve Killelea told 24/7 Wall St.: 'In perfect states, there'd be no crime, therefore you’d have no need for police, nor would you lock anyone up.'
Killelea told 247WallSt.com: 'I don’t think there’s a single silver bullet which creates peace. I think it’s multi-dimensional and really complex. So, on that basis, we've pulled out the correlations.'
Killellea told the 24/7 Wall St.: 'It is not so much the quality of education that matters for peace, but that states keep children in school and off the streets.'Overall the United States is more peaceful now than at any time in the past 20 years, MSNBC reported.But violence still cost the economy at least $460 billion in 2010, both through direct costs and lost productivity.
THE MOST PEACEFUL STATES IN AMERICAMaine
THE MOST VIOLENT STATES IN AMERICALouisiana