How Peaceful Is the United States?

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There’s a neat website, the Institute of Economics and Peace’s Vision of Humanity, with a map of the world which gives the Global Peace Index (GPI) of countries. The lower the numerical GPI, the more peaceful the country. It’s an interactive map because you can put your cursor on any spot on the map and see the GPI of that country.
By “peace” is meant the “absence of violence.” The GPI is derived from a composite set of 5 indicators: violent crime, homicides, incarceration rates, policing, and availability of small arms.
Of the world’s 153 countries, the 10 most peaceful countries are:

  1. Iceland: 1.148 GPI score
  2. New Zealand: 1.279
  3. Japan: 1.287
  4. Denmark: 1.289
  5. Czech Republic: 1.320
  6. Austria: 1.337
  7. Finland: 1.353
  8. Canada: 1.355
  9. Norway: 1.356
  10. Slovenia: 1.358

The 10 least peaceful countries are:

  1. Somalia: 3.379
  2. Iraq: 3.296
  3. Sudan: 3.223
  4. Afghanistan: 3.212
  5. North Korea: 3.092
  6. Congo: 3.016
  7. Russia: 2.966
  8. Pakistan: 2.905
  9. Israel: 2.901
  10. Central African Republic: 2.869

Although peace in the United States has been on the increase, recording an 8% improvement since 1991, our country still ranks only in the middle of the world’s countries in peace and disorder, with a GPI rank of 82 (out of 153) and a GPI score of 2.063.
Even Greece and Egypt are judged more peaceful than the U.S.! Dspite Greece’s bankruptcy and anti-austerity riots, the country has a GPI rank of 65 and a GPI score of 1.947. And in spite of Egypt’s recent massive anti-government demonstrations, the country still scored a GPI rank of 73 and a score of 2.023.
The GPI study found that societies that are highly peaceful also perform exceptionally well in other ways. The most peaceful countries also have higher per capita income, higher levels of well-being, more freedom, perform better at sustainability, and appear to have a more equitable distribution of social spending. The study also found a positive correlation between peace and a collection of other factors — including access to basic services, education, health, and opportunity to succeed.
America’s GPI score will surely worsen, as our national debt piles up even more above the present $14+ trillion, government becomes increasingly insolvent, necessitating more cuts in spending and entitlement….
On the bright side, at least you’ll know which country to move to, if you have the means to bail out of the coming maelstrom.  [bitter laugh]
CLICK HERE for the GPI website.
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “How Peaceful Is the United States?

  1. lowtechgrannie

    It would be interesting to have one of these interactive maps for the US. The Los Angeles Times actually features a permanent interactive Homicide Map/Database as a link on it’s home page! I wonder which is worse, LA or Detroit?
    http://projects.latimes.com/homicide/map/

     
  2. hmmmm the countries with the least amount of black people are the most peaceful, educated, and prosperous. while the combination of black and muslim produces the most violent nations. gee who still thinks diversity is such a great idea especially when its combined with affirmative racism. apartheid is ended its time to end affirmative action now.,..

     

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