Monday, September 19, 2022

Gun Death Rates in New England

In 2020, gun-related deaths totaled over 45,200 in the United States. This figure, which included gun-related deaths from homicides, suicides, accidents, and other firearm incidents, was up nearly 13.9% from the prior year. The U.S. gun death rate in 2020 stood at 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2020, up from 12.1 deaths per 100,000 population the prior year.  The six-state New England region recorded 898 gun-related deaths in 2020, or about 6.0 gun deaths per 100,000 population. As such, in 2020 the region's gun death rate was more than 50% lower than the national average.  This favorable comparison to the national average was due in part to low gun death rates in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, three states which have among the more restrictive gun control laws in the nation.  Further review of 2020 data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about gun death rates in New England:

Gun Death Rates in New England

Gun Death Rates in New England

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Connecticut 219 3,557,006 6.2
Maine 153 1,350,141 11.3
Massachusetts 268 6,893,574 3.9
New Hampshire 128 1,366,275 9.4
Rhode Island 54 1,057,125 5.1
Vermont 76 623,347 12.2
     Region 898 14,847,468 6.0
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 14, 2022

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