Saturday, October 1, 2022

Regional Gun Death Rates in the U.S.

Gunfire accounted for 45,222 deaths in the United States in 2020. Relative to the size of the U.S. population, that translated to a gun death rate of 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population, By comparison, in the prior year there were 39,707 deaths caused by gunfire in the U.S., and the national gun death rate was 12.1 deaths per 100,000 population. The gun death rate in 2020 varied widely by region, with the deadliest region of the country, the Southeast, having a gun death rate that was triple the rate of the least deadly region, New England.  A closer examination of data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about regional gun death rates in the U.S.  Follow the "region" links in the table below to see state-level data within each region:

Regional Gun Death Rates in the U.S.

Region Deaths Population Death Rate*
Far West 5,677 56,579,620 10.0
Great Lakes 6,839 46,834,910 14.6
Great Plains 3,201 21,481,834 14.9
Mid-Eastern 4,352 48,757,828 8.9
New England 898 14,847,468 6.0
Rocky Mountain 2,064 12,547,416 16.4
Southeastern 15,547 85,565,785 18.1
Southwestern 6,734 42,869,262 15.7
U.S. 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.

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