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Crime rates, guns give Utah sixth-place in peace ranking

Crime rates, guns give Utah sixth-place in peace ranking

By Donald W. Meyers
The Salt Lake Tribune

Published Apr 6, 2011 12:27PM MDT

A Washington, D.C., organization ranks Utah as the sixth most-peaceful state in the country.
The Institute for Economics and Peace released its first national peace index for states on Wednesday. The institute has compiled a global peace index for five years.
The index defines peace as a lack of violence, and uses five factors to measure peace: homicide rates, violent crimes, percentage of the state’s population in jail, number of police officers and availability of small firearms.
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