Maine is #1 in a new survey of the most and least peaceful -- i.e. -- nonviolent states in the U.S.A. The ten most peaceful states are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Iowa and Washington. Maine was ranked first overall because it topped the list of states on three of the five USPI indicators: number of violent crimes, number of police officers and incarceration rate.

The ten least peaceful states (from 50 to 40) are Louisiana, Tennessee, Nevada, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Maryland.

Regionally, southern states were identified as being the least peaceful, while states in the Northeast were most peaceful. 

These findings, reported by, are from the Institute for Economics and Peace. Tying lack of crime (etc.) into monetary terms, the IEP has determined that the total cost of violence per person in a state ranges from $656 in Maine to $2,458 in Louisiana.

Does this mean that the costs of incarceration, police personnel, etc., are built into your charges when you visit a high-crime state?

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Seems to me that what you're asking is, will it cost you less to visit Vermont than Alabama? In theory, yes, given the numbers you quote above, because somehow, somewhere, that innkeeper in Alabama has to pay almost $2,000 more than the innkeeper in Vermont to support the law enforcement industry. But in reality, I see no correlation in my hotel bills. Do any of you see something I'm missing?


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