Maine is the Most Peaceful State

Yup! According to a recently study by the U.S. Peace Index, Maine has been ranked as the number one most peaceful state in America. Not only did we win it once again this year, but Maine has been ranked number one for the past 11 years. That's pretty impressive if you ask me! To celebrate the joyous occasion, I thought I'd highlight some of the high points of Maine. Why do we rank number one? Well...

We have the lowest rate of violent crimes

That sounds pretty great right? I am happy to say that when I go from place to place, I am generally not scared of getting stabbed or shot. As a matter of fact, I can safely say that I haven't really ever felt threatened in Maine by any humans. Sure, out camping you may have to deal with a raccoon or skunk here and there, but I don't think you can consider that violent. NATURE...Goulet (SNL reference)

We have the smallest number of police employees per capita

This may seem like a problem, but hey, if we have the lowest rate of violent crimes,  then we probably don't need excessive amounts of policemen either, right? On top of that, the policemen that I know, or have come in contact with (no, I haven't been arrested. Sometimes I forget to register my car) have for the most part been amazingly friendly and understanding. Yay for friendly people!

Maine is predominantly a rural state

Okay, I made this one up, but let's be honest. Why else would think you Maine is so peaceful? We have places to get away when life gets stressful. Maine has just about everything you could want or need. Yes, we have cities (Portland, kind of a city?), but we have a beautiful coastline and amazing seafood, great camping areas and wonderful communities surrounding our towns and cities. Want a night on the town? Go to Portland! Want a nice fresh caught lobster? Go to Bar Harbor, Rockland, Camden or any other coastal town! Want to go camping? Check out Baxter State Park, Moosehead Lake or any other place! Seriously, it's nice to have everything at your fingertips just a few hours away no matter where you are. You may not notice it, but seriously, it helps to have variety. I personally couldn't live in a huge city my whole life and not go crazy. I can, however, take a short trip and spend a day in Portland or Boston because they are close by. Win win!

Check out the article here. Isn't it nice to be in Maine?

Why do you love living in Maine?

Seth P.