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Old 04-28-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Midcoast Maine
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Default LEAST Religious States Also MOST Peaceful

Very interesting, but not surprising:

Most and Least Religious States in America

Survey: Maine ranked 'most peaceful' state; Louisiana last
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Hm I think Utah is a pretty big exception as it's fifth on the Peace Index and second highest on most religious list you linked to. Also the following states in the top ten on the peace-index aren't among the least religious

North Dakota at 6
Iowa at 10

While Nevada is among the most irreligious states and in the bottom ten for peace.

There might be a correlation, but it's clearly not exact as this title might imply.

So says your friendly Theist Curmudgeon
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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Hm I think Utah is a pretty big exception as it's fifth on the Peace Index and second highest on most religious list you linked to. Also the following states in the top ten on the peace-index aren't among the least religious

North Dakota at 6
Iowa at 10

While Nevada is among the most irreligious states and in the bottom ten for peace.

There might be a correlation, but it's clearly not exact as this title might imply.

So says your friendly Theist Curmudgeon
True. I just find it ironic that the 3 most peaceful states are also the 3 least religious (VT, NH, and ME). Thanks for being a friendly curmudgeon!
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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Peace is a state of mind, the religious could be peaceful if they wanted to be.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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While not an exact correlation, me thinks that the amount of population in each state (not density of population) may play a partial role in how peaceful a state may be over all.

Here's some numbers of the ranking of total population per state.

49. Vermont
43. Rhode Island
42. New Hampshire
21. Minnesota
34. Utah
48. North Dakota
13. Washington
40. Hawaii
43. Rhode Island
30. Iowa


31. Mississippi
24. South Carolina
32. Arkansas
2. Texas
18. Missouri
16. Arizona
4. Florida
35. Nevada
17. Tennessee
25. Louisiana.

Granted there are a lot of other reasons why a state overall is peaceful or not. But in my mind being able to escape being around (all) people definitely makes life more peaceful.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._by_population
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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North Korea is not a very peaceful place to live.
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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North Korea is not a very peaceful place to live.
But their leader is revered as a God.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: West Egg
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While not an exact correlation, me thinks that the amount of population in each state (not density of population) may play a partial role in how peaceful a state may be over all.

Here's some numbers of the ranking of total population per state.

49. Vermont
43. Rhode Island
42. New Hampshire
21. Minnesota
34. Utah
48. North Dakota
13. Washington
40. Hawaii
43. Rhode Island
30. Iowa


31. Mississippi
24. South Carolina
32. Arkansas
2. Texas
18. Missouri
16. Arizona
4. Florida
35. Nevada
17. Tennessee
25. Louisiana.

Granted there are a lot of other reasons why a state overall is peaceful or not. But in my mind being able to escape being around (all) people definitely makes life more peaceful.

List of U.S. states and territories by population - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Well, that's a problem -- the population density governs the proximity of others. After all, Connecticut is 29th in population by 4th in population density. The fact that Oklahoma has slightly more people than Connecticut is irrelevant, because it has 1/13th the population density.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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Well, that's a problem -- the population density governs the proximity of others. After all, Connecticut is 29th in population by 4th in population density. The fact that Oklahoma has slightly more people than Connecticut is irrelevant, because it has 1/13th the population density.
Fair enough.

I'm just thinking that shear population would be a much bigger factor in peacefulness of a state than say whether a state is more or less religious.

But your point is taken.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:59 PM
 
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North Korea is not a very peaceful place to live.
If we want to go by nation it is true the nations highest in the "Global Peace Index" are among the most irreligious. (Denmark, Japan, Czech Republic, etc) And that some of the most religious are among the least peaceful. (Somalia, Afghanistan, DR of Congo, Pakistan, Sudan)

Rankings & Results Vision of Humanity
Religiosity Highest in World's Poorest Nations

Although again it doesn't work exact. Russia is really a pretty irreligious nation, but they place it among the least peaceful. Malawi is the fourth most religious of nations Gallup studied and although not listed as exceptionally peaceful it's placed at 39 on the peace index, which puts it above Italy or the US. Qatar is listed as 12th most peaceful, above Sweden, and is placed by Gallup as one of the world's most religious nations. Belarus and Russia look to be the least peaceful of least religious nations. Odds and ends: Costa Rica is above France and Poland above Britain on their peace index.

Granted I've seen questions about the validity of the Peace-Index and Gallup's religiosity index is missing a few nations on the GPI. It does look like the most religious nations tend to be poorer and poorer nations tend to be less peaceful. But there are exceptions to all that.
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