Sunday, September 11, 2022

Gun Death Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

In 2020, gun-related incidents, including murders and suicides, accounted for more than 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 rose from 12.1 deaths per 100,000 population the prior year.  The Mid-Eastern region of the U.S, which includes five states and the District of Columbia, recorded 4,352 gun-related deaths in 2020.  With 8.9 gun-related deaths per 100,000 population in 2020, the region's gun death rate was 35% lower than the national average.  Except for the District of Columbia, every state in the region recorded a gun death rate in 2020 that was at, or below, the national average.  A closer examination of 2020 data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about gun death rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S. region.:

Gun Death Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S

Gun Death Rates in the Mid-Eastern U.S

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Delaware 135 986,809 13.7
District of Columbia 167 712,816 23.4
Maryland 803 6,055,802 13.3
New Jersey 443 8,882,371 5.0
New York 1,052 19,336,776 5.4
Pennsylvania 1,752 12,783,254 13.7
     Region 4,352 48,757,828 8.9
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 10, 2022

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