Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Gun Death Rates in the Rocky Mountain Region

In 2020, gun-related incidents, including homicides, suicides, accidents, and other firearm related incidents, accounted for over 45,200 deaths in the United States, an increase of nearly 13.9% from 2019 levels. At 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population, the U.S. gun death rate was up from 12.1 deaths per 100,000 population the prior year.  The five-state Rocky Mountain region recorded 2,064 gun-related deaths in 2020.  With 16.4 gun-related deaths per 100,000 population in 2020, the region's gun death rate was 19.7% higher than the national average.  Utah was the only state in the region where the gun death rate in 2020 was below the national average.  A closer examination of 2020 data from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals the following about gun death rates in the Rocky Mountain region.:

Gun Death Rates in the Rocky Mountain Region

Gun Death Rates in the Rocky Mountain Region


State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Colorado 922 5,807,719 15.9
Idaho 321 1,826,913 17.6
Montana 238 1,080,577 22.0
Utah 429 3,249,879 13.2
Wyoming 154 582,328 26.4
     Region 2,064 12,547,416 16.4
U.S. Totals 45,222 329,484,123 13.7

(*) number of gun deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on August 29, 2022

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