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Table 36: Child and Teen Gun Deaths by State, 2008-2017

Number of Deaths Rate per 100,000 Children and Teens
State 2017 2008-2017 2017 2008-2017 Average 2008-2017 State Ranka
Alabama 84            647 6.9 5.2 44
Alaska 25            166 12.4 8.1 50
Arizona 77            615 4.2 3.4 24
Arkansas 58            363 7.4 4.6 40
California 229          2,977 2.3 2.9 17
Colorado 59            426 4.2 3.1 19
Connecticut 14            146 U 1.6 4
Delaware 12              91 U 3.9 34
District of Columbia 12            142 U 10.7
Florida 204          1,665 4.4 3.7 29
Georgia 148          1,104 5.3 4.0 36
Hawaii <10              18 S U 1
Idaho 25            177 5.1 3.7 30
Illinois 213          1,690 6.6 5.0 43
Indiana 102            715 5.8 4.0 37
Iowa 28            193 3.4 2.4 11
Kansas 47            266 5.9 3.3 22
Kentucky 72            441 6.4 3.9 33
Louisiana 121            949 9.9 7.7 49
Maine <10              63 S 2.1 8
Maryland 60            530 4.0 3.5 28
Massachusetts 29            199 1.8 1.2 2
Michigan 88          1,015 3.6 4.0 35
Minnesota 47            330 3.3 2.3 9
Mississippi 58            436 7.3 5.3 45
Missouri 113            864 7.3 5.5 47
Montana 12            140 U 5.6 48
Nebraska 16            142 U 2.7 15
Nevada 45            282 6.0 3.8 32
New Hampshire <10              52 S 1.7 6
New Jersey 32            443 1.5 2.0 7
New Mexico 32            252 5.9 4.5 38
New York 57            787 1.2 1.6 5
North Carolina 89            878 3.5 3.4 25
North Dakota <10              63 S 3.4 26
Ohio 136          1,041 4.7 3.5 27
Oklahoma 67            508 6.3 4.8 42
Oregon 27            234 2.8 2.4 12
Pennsylvania 135          1,160 4.5 3.7 31
Rhode Island <10              32 S 1.3 3
South Carolina 75            557 6.1 4.6 39
South Dakota 11              77 U 3.3 23
Tennessee 129            801 7.7 4.8 41
Texas 346          2,347 4.2 3.0 18
Utah 46            281 4.5 2.9 16
Vermont <10              34 S 2.3 10
Virginia 86            652 4.1 3.1 21
Washington 56            463 3.1 2.6 13
West Virginia <10            134 S 3.1 20
Wisconsin 47            402 3.3 2.7 14
Wyoming <10              82 S 5.4 46
United States 3,410        28,072 4.2 3.4

a States are ranked 1-50 from lowest to highest gun death rate.

Notes: Gun deaths include homicides, suicides, accidents and deaths of unknown or intent, but exclude deaths from legal intervention. Rates are not age adjusted. “S” denotes cases where the number of deaths was below 10 and the exact number was not released to protect the anonymity of the victims. “U” means the rate is unreliable because it is based on fewer than 20 deaths.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Detailed Mortality Files, Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2017. Accessed using CDC WONDER Online Database. http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.