Gun Deaths Per Capita by State

The U.S. is the country with the largest rate of gun violence in the world. In 2020, over 45,000 people were killed in gun violence-related incidents in the country, and more than half of this number was by suicide. The total number of gun deaths per 100,000 people was up to 13.6. These gun deaths and other gun-related incidents have different causes, notably the lack of effective regulation, making it easier for unstable people or people with murderous intent to acquire a firearm.

Gun deaths per capita vary across the 50 states, primarily due to factors such as population, access to firearms, regulations, and law enforcement. The one consistent trend is that states with lax regulations tend to have higher levels of gun deaths per capita, and vice versa. The notable exception to this is Delaware, which has more restrictions on guns than Virginia but still has a higher rate of gun deaths. In Alaska, the leading cause of gun death is suicide, with the most affected demographic being Native Americans. 

If you would like to learn more about gun deaths per capita by state, please refer to the data in the charts.

Gun Death Rate by State

Alabama

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23.6

#4 in the US

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325

#28 in the US

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6.5

#32 in the US

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1,141

#16 in the US

Alaska

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23.5

#5 in the US

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90

#42 in the US

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12.3

#7 in the US

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175

#41 in the US

Arizona

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16.7

#19 in the US

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805

#15 in the US

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11.3

#8 in the US

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1,265

#12 in the US

Arkansas

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22.6

#7 in the US

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484

#21 in the US

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16.1

#5 in the US

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673

#26 in the US

California

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8.5

#42 in the US

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3,498

#1 in the US

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8.8

#24 in the US

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3,449

#2 in the US

Colorado

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15.4

#22 in the US

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488

#20 in the US

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8.5

#25 in the US

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922

#19 in the US

Connecticut

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6

#45 in the US

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220

#32 in the US

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6.1

#33 in the US

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219

#39 in the US

Delaware

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14.4

#24 in the US

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98

#40 in the US

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9.9

#17 in the US

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135

#44 in the US

Florida

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13.7

#28 in the US

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2,087

#3 in the US

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9.7

#18 in the US

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3,041

#3 in the US

Georgia

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17.7

#15 in the US

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834

#14 in the US

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7.8

#29 in the US

GUN DEATHShelp

1,897

#4 in the US

Hawaii

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3.4

#49 in the US

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65

#44 in the US

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4.5

#40 in the US

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50

#50 in the US

Idaho

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17.6

#16 in the US

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68

#43 in the US

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3.7

#46 in the US

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321

#36 in the US

Illinois

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14.1

#25 in the US

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1,137

#5 in the US

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8.9

#26 in the US

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1,745

#7 in the US

Indiana

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17.3

#17 in the US

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656

#17 in the US

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9.7

#19 in the US

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1,159

#15 in the US

Iowa

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11.2

#37 in the US

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172

#35 in the US

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5.4

#36 in the US

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351

#34 in the US

Kansas

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16.9

#20 in the US

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143

#38 in the US

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4.9

#41 in the US

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494

#30 in the US

Kentucky

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20.1

#11 in the US

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464

#24 in the US

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10.3

#13 in the US

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902

#20 in the US

Louisiana

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26.3

#2 in the US

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1,065

#10 in the US

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22.9

#2 in the US

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1,183

#13 in the US

Maine

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10.4

#39 in the US

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39

#48 in the US

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2.9

#50 in the US

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153

#43 in the US

Maryland

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13.5

#29 in the US

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738

#16 in the US

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11.9

#9 in the US

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803

#24 in the US

Massachusetts

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3.7

#50 in the US

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230

#31 in the US

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3.3

#47 in the US

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268

#37 in the US

Michigan

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14.6

#26 in the US

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1,067

#9 in the US

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10.6

#14 in the US

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1,454

#10 in the US

Minnesota

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8.9

#43 in the US

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323

#29 in the US

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5.7

#37 in the US

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513

#29 in the US

Mississippi

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28.6

#1 in the US

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350

#26 in the US

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11.8

#10 in the US

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818

#23 in the US

Missouri

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23.9

#6 in the US

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1,108

#6 in the US

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18

#3 in the US

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1,426

#11 in the US

Montana

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20.9

#12 in the US

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96

#41 in the US

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8.9

#27 in the US

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238

#38 in the US

Nebraska

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10.1

#40 in the US

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127

#39 in the US

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6.5

#34 in the US

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197

#40 in the US

Nevada

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17

#18 in the US

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308

#30 in the US

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9.9

#20 in the US

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547

#28 in the US

New Hampshire

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8.9

#44 in the US

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20

#51 in the US

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1.5

#51 in the US

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128

#45 in the US

New Jersey

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5

#46 in the US

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497

#19 in the US

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5.4

#38 in the US

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443

#32 in the US

New Mexico

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22.7

#8 in the US

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193

#33 in the US

HOMICIDE RATEhelp

9.1

#21 in the US

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479

#31 in the US

New York

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5.3

#47 in the US

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1,087

#8 in the US

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5.4

#39 in the US

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1,052

#18 in the US

North Carolina

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16

#21 in the US

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1,192

#4 in the US

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11.4

#11 in the US

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1,699

#8 in the US

North Dakota

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13.8

#30 in the US

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59

#46 in the US

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7.6

#30 in the US

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100

#47 in the US

Ohio

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15.2

#23 in the US

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1,089

#7 in the US

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9.2

#22 in the US

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1,764

#5 in the US

Oklahoma

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20.7

#13 in the US

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471

#23 in the US

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11.9

#12 in the US

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826

#22 in the US

Oregon

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13

#31 in the US

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188

#34 in the US

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4.4

#42 in the US

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592

#27 in the US

Pennsylvania

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13.6

#32 in the US

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433

#25 in the US

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3.3

#48 in the US

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1,752

#6 in the US

Rhode Island

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5.1

#48 in the US

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46

#47 in the US

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4.2

#43 in the US

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54

#49 in the US

South Carolina

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22

#9 in the US

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891

#12 in the US

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17.4

#4 in the US

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1,131

#17 in the US

South Dakota

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13.6

#33 in the US

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62

#45 in the US

HOMICIDE RATEhelp

7

#31 in the US

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120

#46 in the US

Tennessee

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21.3

#10 in the US

NUMBER OF HOMICIDE INCIDENTShelp

970

#11 in the US

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14

#6 in the US

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1,473

#9 in the US

Texas

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14.2

#27 in the US

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2,993

#2 in the US

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10.3

#15 in the US

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4,164

#1 in the US

Utah

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13.6

#34 in the US

NUMBER OF HOMICIDE INCIDENTShelp

147

#37 in the US

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4.5

#44 in the US

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429

#33 in the US

Vermont

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11.6

#38 in the US

NUMBER OF HOMICIDE INCIDENTShelp

24

#50 in the US

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3.7

#49 in the US

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76

#48 in the US

Virginia

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13.4

#35 in the US

NUMBER OF HOMICIDE INCIDENTShelp

863

#13 in the US

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10

#16 in the US

GUN DEATHShelp

1,174

#14 in the US

Washington

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10.9

#41 in the US

NUMBER OF HOMICIDE INCIDENTShelp

472

#22 in the US

HOMICIDE RATEhelp

6.1

#35 in the US

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864

#21 in the US

West Virginia

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18.1

#14 in the US

NUMBER OF HOMICIDE INCIDENTShelp

162

#36 in the US

HOMICIDE RATEhelp

9

#23 in the US

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325

#35 in the US

Wisconsin

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12.2

#36 in the US

NUMBER OF HOMICIDE INCIDENTShelp

499

#18 in the US

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8.5

#28 in the US

GUN DEATHShelp

717

#25 in the US

Wyoming

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25.9

#3 in the US

NUMBER OF HOMICIDE INCIDENTShelp

27

#49 in the US

HOMICIDE RATEhelp

4.7

#45 in the US

GUN DEATHShelp

154

#42 in the US