If you're looking for peace you should search somewhere else other than Louisiana, according to the IEP.  The Institute for Economics and Peace is a non-profit research organization.  They are, they say on their website, "dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress."  The group says they work to:

  • develop new frameworks to define peacefulness
  • provide metrics for measurement
  • uncover the relationship between peace, business and prosperity
  • promote a better understanding of the cultural, economic and political factors that drive peacefulness.

The group has recently worked on a study to find the most peaceful and the least peaceful state in America, and Louisiana is at the bottom of another list.

This is the first time that the Institute for Economics and Peace has put together this report.  They determined their information by some of the following criteria, things like homicide rates, violent crimes and percentage of the population in jail.  The IEP ranking says the total cost of violence per person in Louisiana is almost 25-hundred-dollars compared to about 650-dollars in Maine.  Maine is said to be the most peaceful state.