Yucatan tops list of most placid places

Peaceful Campeche, Mexico.
Peaceful Campeche, Mexico. Photo: Getty

Two of the peninsula’s three states topped the Mexico Peace Index yesterday.

Campeche is at the very top top of the list ranking Mexico’s most peaceful states. Its peninsular neighbor, Yucatan, is No 4.

The Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) yesterday released its Peace Index for Mexico, calling Campeche the most peaceful in the country, followed by Querétaro, Hidalgo, Yucatan and Baja California Sur.

Mexico’s 32 states are ranked from 1 (most peaceful) to 5 points (less peaceful) and Campeche registered a score of 1.47.

In contrast, Quintana Roo, along with Morelos, Guerrero, Sinaloa and Chihuahua are the states with the lowest rate of peace.

Incarceration and violent crime rates, as well as judicial efficiency and police funding, were all factors into building the list.

Paty Obeso, of IEP, said that for six of the last 10 years Campeche has been the most peaceful state in Mexico, comparable to Mississippi, New Mexico and Delaware in the United States.

The study shows that if all states were as peaceful as Campeche, Mexico would gain a profit of $2.26 billion pesos. Campeche accounts for almost 40% of oil and gas in the country and has the highest per capita GDP and lowest unemployment rate.

Source: Diario de Yucatan

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