America's 10 Least Violent States New England is the place to be By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Jul 29, 2016 9:05 AM CDT 65 comments Comments Lupines fill the hillside above Seal Harbor, Maine. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File) (Newser) – Looking for a safer neighborhood? Consider a move to Maine. The state is the least violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking that took into account the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, estimated small-arms ownership, and the rates of violent crime, murder, and incarceration. The top 10: Maine Vermont New Hampshire Minnesota Utah Massachusetts Rhode Island Washington Hawaii Iowa Click for the full list or see America's most violent states.