December 12, 2019
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Here’s how unlikely it is you’ll be killed by someone else in Maine

Tony Webster | Flickr
Tony Webster | Flickr

Maine has always been known as a pretty safe place to live. (You’re not very likely to killed by an animal, for instance.)

But data recently released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show how Maine rates nationally when it comes to homicides. The news is pretty good.

According to a Washington Post analysis of the data, Maine had the fourth-lowest rate of homicides nationally in 2014. (The Post used an age-adjusted rate, saying those measures “take into account that younger people die of different causes than older ones, correcting for some of the variation that naturally occurs due to some states having larger young populations than others.”)

So in Maine, with 23 homicides in 2014, just under 2 people per 100,000 were killed by someone else.

That’s obviously good — compared with nearly every other state — but still behind neighboring states like New Hampshire, which had the lowest rate, and Massachusetts, which had nearly five times as many murders, but has a much larger population.

Here’s a chart that shows the states with the lowest rates:

And here’s a map from the Post that shows that data in a map. Louisiana’s rate of 11.67 per 100,000 people was the highest, with Mississippi not far behind at 11.41.

Featured article image by Tony Webster on Flickr



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