Thursday, June 3, 2021

Firearm Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region

In 2019 there were over 39,700 firearm deaths in the United States, or about 12.1 firearm deaths per 100,000 population.  Nationally, by 2019 the number of firearms-caused deaths per 100,000 population had increased about 17% and 18% from levels in 1999 and 2009, respectively.  The five-state Rocky Mountain region, already a region with a higher firearms death rate than most regions of the country in 1999, saw its firearms death rate surge to 14.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019, about 22% higher than the 2019 national average and almost 36% higher than the region's 1999 firearms death rate.  An examination of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, reveals the following about firearm deaths in the Rocky Mountain region.:

Firearm Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region

Firearm Deaths in the Rocky Mountain Region


State/Deaths 1999 2009 2019
CO 452 583 846
ID 151 196 255
MT 123 166 209
UT 192 260 394
WY 74 96 133
Region 992 1,301 1,837
U.S. 28,874 31,347 39,707
State/Death Rate* 1999 2009 2019
CO 10.7 11.7 14.7
ID 11.8 12.6 14.3
MT 13.7 16.9 19.6
UT 8.7 9.5 12.3
WY 15.0 17.1 23.0
Region 10.9 12.1 14.8
U.S. 10.3 10.2 12.1

(*) number of firearm-caused deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2020. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on June 2, 2021

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