Thursday, December 16, 2021

Ten States with the Lowest Firearm Death Rates

In 2019, over 39,700 deaths in the U.S. were caused by firearm incidents.  The 2019 firearm death rate of 12.1 deaths per 100,000 population was nearly 17.5% higher than the 1999 firearm death rate of 10.3 deaths per 100,000 population.  Firearm death rates at the state level varied widely from the national number.  A review of state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics revealed the following to be the ten states with the lowest firearm death rates in 2019:

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
DE 93 973,764 9.6
IA 294 3,155,070 9.3
MN 465 5,639,632 8.2
CA 2,945 39,512,223 7.5
CT 190 3,565,287 5.3
RI 48 1,059,361 4.5
HI 62 1,415,872 4.4
NY 804 19,453,561 4.1
NJ 368 8,882,190 4.1
MA 247 6,892,503 3.6
     Total 5,516 90,549,463 6.1
U.S. 39,707 328,239,523 12.1

(*) number of firearm 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 November 26, 2021

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