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Topic - Steve Killelea
The United States is not the biggest terrorist target on the planet, ranking 41st on a new index tracking global terrorism trends released Wednesday that ranks 158 nations according to the severity of terrorist activity within their borders, plus the death, destruction and economic damage that accompanies it.
Though Hollywood and the news media often portray the nation as a chaotic crucible of gangsters and crime, the U.S. is more "peaceful" now than in the past two decades, says the United States Peace Index.
Those who seek the proverbial peaceful life should head to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota or North Dakota — the "most peaceful" states in the nation, says the first-ever United States Peace Index.
"The migration of populations to urban areas in developing countries has been a key driver in the rise of homicides worldwide. This has also led to an increase in violent crime," said Steve Killelea, founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Australia-based nonpartisan organization behind the research.
Organized internal conflicts are on the rise rather than "nations taking up arms against one another," he added.