Friday, September 23, 2022

Gun Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Deaths attributable to gunfire accounted for over 45,200 deaths in the United States in 2020, an increase of almost 13.9% from 2019 levels. This figure included suicides, homicides, accidents, and other gunfire-related incidents in 2020.  At 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population, the U.S. gun death rate rose from 12.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019.  The five-state Great Lakes region recorded 6,839 deaths in 2020 that were attributable to gunfire.  With 14.6 gun-related deaths per 100,000 population in 2020, the region's gun death rate was about 6.6% higher than the national average.  Only one state in the region, Wisconsin, recorded a gun death rate in 2020 that was below the national average.  A closer look at data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about gun death rates in the Great Lakes region in 2020:

Gun Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Gun Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Illinois 1,745 12,587,530 13.9
Indiana 1,159 6,754,953 17.2
Michigan 1,454 9,966,555 14.6
Ohio 1,764 11,693,217 15.1
Wisconsin 717 5,832,655 12.3
     Region 6,839 46,834,910 14.6
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 September 20, 2022

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