Firearm death rates in the United States by state

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This article is a list of U.S. states with firearm death rates per 100,000 population.

In 2016, the overall rate of death by firearms in the United States was 11.8[1] per 100,000 people — the same as for death by motor vehicles — with suicides accounting for roughly two out of every three gun deaths.

Overall firearm death rates[edit]

State firearm death rates, 2016. Rate per 100,000 population. National firearm death rate is 11.8.[2] These numbers include (among others) death as a result of suicide, self-defense and accidents. A list regarding only murders is provided below.

State Rate Deaths
Alabama (AL) 21.5 1,046
Alaska (AK) 23.3 177
Arizona (AZ) 5 1,094
Arkansas (AR) 17.8 541
California (CA) 7.9 3,184
Colorado (CO) 14.3 812
Connecticut (CT) 4.6 172
Delaware (DE) 11 111
Florida (FL) 12.6 2,704
Georgia (GA) 15 1,571
Hawaii (HI) 4.5 66
Idaho (ID) 14.6 242
Illinois (IL) 11.7 1,490
Indiana (IN) 15 997
Iowa (IA) 9.2 288
Kansas (KS) 13.4 383
Kentucky (KY) 17.5 772
Louisiana (LA) 21.3 987
Maine (ME) 8.3 123
Maryland (MD) 47.92 1,581
Massachusetts (MA) 3.4 242
Michigan (MI) 12.3 1,230
Minnesota (MN) 7.6 432
Mississippi (MS) 19.9 587
Missouri (MO) 19 1,144
Montana (MT) 18.9 194
Nebraska (NE) 9.1 171
Nevada (NV) 16.8 498
New Hampshire (NH) 9.3 132
New Jersey (NJ) 5.5 485
New Mexico (NM) 18.1 383
New York (NY) 4.4 900
North Carolina (NC) 13.7 1,409
North Dakota (ND) 11.9 90
Ohio (OH) 12.9 1,524
Oklahoma (OK) 19.6 766
Oregon (OR) 11.9 513
Pennsylvania (PA) 12 1,555
Rhode Island (RI) 4.1 49
South Carolina (SC) 17.7 891
South Dakota (SD) 13.4 108
Tennessee (TN) 17.1 1,148
Texas (TX) 12.1 3,353
Utah (UT) 12.9 370
Vermont (VT) 11.1 78
Virginia (VA) 12.1 1,049
Washington (WA) 9 686
West Virginia (WV) 17.5 332
Wisconsin (WI) 11.4 664
Wyoming (WY) 17.4 101

Age-adjusted table and map[edit]

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Legend for firearm death rates by state, 2013.jpg

These rates have been age-adjusted. The age-adjusted rates are rates that would exist if the population of each state had the same age distribution as the "standard" US population. See the references for more info:[3][4]

State firearm death rates, 2013. Rate per 100,000 population. Age-adjusted death rates. United States: 10.4


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Alabama 17.6
Alaska 19.8
Arizona 14.1
Arkansas 16.8
California 7.7
Colorado 11.5
Connecticut 4.4
Delaware 10.3
Florida 11.9
Georgia 12.6
Hawaii 2.6
Idaho 14.1
Illinois 8.6
Indiana 13.0
Iowa 8.0
Kansas 11.4
Kentucky 13.7
Louisiana 19.3
Maine 10.9
Maryland 9.7
Massachusetts 3.1
Michigan 12.0
Minnesota 7.6
Mississippi 17.8
Missouri 14.4
Montana 16.7
Nebraska 9.0
Nevada 13.8
New Hampshire 6.4
New Jersey 5.7
New Mexico 15.5
New York 4.2
North Carolina 12.1
North Dakota 11.8
Ohio 11.0
Oklahoma 16.5
Oregon 11.0
Pennsylvania 11.2
Rhode Island 5.3
South Carolina 15.2
South Dakota 10.0
Tennessee 15.4
Texas 10.6
Utah 12.6
Vermont 9.2
Virginia 10.2
Washington 8.7
West Virginia 14.3
Wisconsin 9.7
Wyoming 16.7

Murders[edit]

This is a list of the U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The population data is the official data from the U.S. Census Bureau.[5] The murder rates and gun murder rates were calculated based on the FBI reports.[6] The official population of each state for 2010 and gun ownership rates were added for context.[7]

The gun murders in 2010 from FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program was 8,775.[8] The total number of murders from all weapons was 12,996.[8] These figures includes murders and willful manslaughters, but excludes "deaths caused by negligence, suicide, or accident" and justifiable homicides.[9] The U.S. reports a 70% conviction rate for murder prosecutions.[10]

State Population (total inhabitants) (2010) Population density (inhabitants per square mile) (2010) Murders

(total deaths) (2010)

Gun

murders (total deaths)(2010)

Gun

ownership (%)(2013)

Murders

(rate per 100,000 inhabitants)(2010)

Gun

murders (rate per 100,000 inhabitants) (2010)

Alabama 4,779,736 94.65 199 135 48.9% 4.2 2.8
Alaska 710,231 1.264 31 19 61.7% 4.4 2.7
Arizona 6,392,017 57.05 326 232 32.3% 4.5 3.6
Arkansas 2,915,918 56.43 130 93 57.9% 4.5 3.2
California 37,253,956 244.2 1,811 1,257 20.1% 4.9 3.4
Colorado 5,029,196 49.33 117 65 34.3% 2.3 1.3
Connecticut 3,574,097 741.4 131 97 16.6% 3.7 2.7
Delaware 897,934 470.7 48 38 5.2% 5.3 4.2
District of Columbia 601,723 10298 131 99 25.9% 21.8 16.5
Florida 19,687,653 360.2 987 669 32.5% 5.0 3.4
Georgia 9,920,000 165 527 376 31.6% 5.3 3.8
Hawaii 1,360,301 216.8 24 7 45.1% 1.8 0.5
Idaho 1,567,582 19.5 21 12 56.9% 1.3 0.8
Illinois 12,830,632 231.9 706 364 26.2% 5.5 2.8
Indiana 6,483,802 182.5 198 142 33.8% 3.1 2.2
Iowa 3,046,355 54.81 38 21 33.8% 1.2 0.7
Kansas 2,853,118 35.09 100 63 32.2% 3.5 2.2
Kentucky 4,339,367 110.0 180 116 42.4% 4.5 2.7
Louisiana 4,533,372 105.0 437 351 44.5% 9.6 7.7
Maine 1,328,361 43.04 24 11 22.6% 1.8 0.8
Maryland 5,773,552 606.2 424 293 20.7% 7.3 5.1
Massachusetts 6,547,629 852.1 209 118 22.6% 3.2 1.8
Michigan 9,883,640 174.8 558 413 28.8% 5.6 4.2
Minnesota 5,303,925 67.14 91 53 36.7% 1.7 1.0
Mississippi 2,967,297 63.50 165 120 42.8% 5.6 4.0
Missouri 5,988,927 87.26 419 321 27.1% 7.0 5.4
Montana 989,415 6.858 21 12 52.3% 2.1 1.2
Nebraska 1,826,341 23.97 51 32 19.8% 2.8 1.8
Nevada 2,700,551 24.80 158 84 37.5% 5.9 3.1
New Hampshire 1,316,470 147.0 13 5 14.4% 1.0 0.4
New Jersey 8,791,894 1189 363 246 11.3% 4.1 2.8
New Mexico 2,059,179 17.16 118 67 49.9% 5.7 3.3
New York 19,378,102 415.3 860 517 10.3% 4.4 2.7
North Carolina 9,535,483 200.6 445 286 28.7% 4.7 3.0
North Dakota 672,591 9.916 9 4 47.9% 1.3 0.6
Ohio 11,536,504 282.5 460 310 19.6% 4.0 2.7
Oklahoma 3,751,351 55.22 188 111 31.2% 5.0 3.0
Oregon 3,831,074 40.33 78 36 26.6% 2.0 0.9
Pennsylvania 12,702,379 285.3 646 457 27.1% 5.1 3.6
Rhode Island 1,052,567 1006 29 16 5.8% 2.8 1.5
South Carolina 4,625,364 157.1 280 207 44.4% 6.1 4.5
South Dakota 814,180 10.86 14 8 35.0% 1.7 1.0
Tennessee 6,346,105 156.6 356 219 39.4% 5.6 3.5
Texas 25,145,561 98.07 1,246 805 35.7% 5.0 3.2
Utah 2,763,885 34.30 52 22 31.9% 1.9 0.8
Vermont 625,741 67.73 7 2 28.8% 1.1 0.3
Virginia 8,001,024 207.3 369 250 29.3% 4.6 3.1
Washington 6,724,540 102.6 151 93 27.7% 2.2 1.4
West Virginia 1,852,994 77.06 55 27 54.2% 3.0 1.5
Wisconsin 5,686,986 105.2 151 97 34.7% 2.7 1.7
Wyoming 563,626 5.851 8 5 53.8% 1.4 0.9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats of the States - Firearm Mortality". www.cdc.gov. 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  2. ^ State Firearm Death Rates, Ranked by Rate, 2013. By Violence Policy Center. It sources the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  3. ^ Firearm Mortality by State: 2013. By National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Map legend can be clicked to highlight different rate ranges on the map. Any state can be clicked for more detailed demographic statistics for that state.
  4. ^ Detailed Tables for the National Vital Statistics Report (NVSR) "Deaths: Final Data for 2013." See: National Vital Statistics System.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census 2010 Interactive Map".
  6. ^ "Murder by State, Types of Weapons, 2010".
  7. ^ Kalesan, Bindu; Villarreal, Marcos D.; Keyes, Katherine M.; Galea, Sandro (2015-06-09). "Gun ownership and social gun culture". Injury Prevention. 22: injuryprev–2015–041586. doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041586. ISSN 1353-8047. PMC 4809774. PMID 26124073.
  8. ^ a b "Table 20". FBI.
  9. ^ "Murder". FBI.
  10. ^ "Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) - FAQ Detail". www.bjs.gov.