What you won’t see in Tennessee’s biz recruitment brochure

A new study says Tennessee is just about the least peaceful place in America, No. 49 on the state rankings. 

That can’t be good for state government’s business recruitment campaign. Telling biz execs we’re better than Louisiana (No. 50) really isn’t a good pitch.

From AP: NASHVILLE — A first-ever ranking lists Tennessee 49th nationally in the level of peace.

The U.S. Peace Index is based on homicide rates, violent crimes, percentage of the population in jail, number of police officers and availability of small arms.

The rankings were created by the Institute for Economics and Peace, a think tank that also sponsors the annual Global Peace Index.


Maine was listed as the most peaceful; Louisiana was the least.

The index, released in Washington, said the total cost of violence per person in Tennessee is $1,844. This is based on the cost of correctional and policing services, judicial system and medical needs associated with violent crime and homicide, and lost productivity and wages.

Study: Maine the most peaceful U.S. state, Louisiana the least

Click here to download the U.S. Peace Index