Gun Violence Rankings By State

Study by 24/7 Wall Street

50. Massachusetts

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 3.4 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 242 (suicides: 140, homicides: 89)
  • Violent crime rate: 376.9 per 100,000 (23rd highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 10.4% (9th lowest)

49. Rhode Island

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 4.0 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 49 (suicides: 35, homicides: N/A)
  • Violent crime rate: 238.9 per 100,000 (8th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 12.8% (22nd lowest)

48. New York

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 4.4 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 900 (suicides: 490, homicides: 390)
  • Violent crime rate: 376.2 per 100,000 (24th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 14.7% (16th highest)

47. Hawaii

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 4.5 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 66 (suicides: 37, homicides: 22)
  • Violent crime rate: 309.2 per 100,000 (21st lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 9.3% (2nd lowest)

46. Connecticut

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 4.6 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 172 (suicides: 110, homicides: 55)
  • Violent crime rate: 227.1 per 100,000 (5th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 9.8% (4th lowest)

45. New Jersey

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 5.5 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 485 (suicides: 176, homicides: 297)
  • Violent crime rate: 245.0 per 100,000 (12th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 10.4% (9th lowest)

44. Minnesota

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 7.6 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 432 (suicides: 332, homicides: 83)
  • Violent crime rate: 242.6 per 100,000 (9th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes (concealed and open carry)
  • Poverty rate: 9.9% (6th lowest)

43. California

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 7.9 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 3184 (suicides: 1595, homicides: 1467)
  • Violent crime rate: 445.3 per 100,000 (15th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes (in incorporated areas and concealed anywhere)
  • Poverty rate: 14.3% (20th highest)

42. Maine

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 8.2 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 123 (suicides: 112, homicides: N/A)
  • Violent crime rate: 123.8 per 100,000 (the lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No (No permit is necessary to carry openly or to carry a concealed handgun if person is at least 21.)
  • Poverty rate: 12.5% (21st lowest)

41. Washington

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 9.0 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 686 (suicides: 515, homicides: 146)
  • Violent crime rate: 302.2 per 100,000 (19th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 11.3% (14th lowest)

40. Nebraska

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 9.1 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 171 (suicides: 116, homicides: 45)
  • Violent crime rate: 291.0 per 100,000 (17th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 11.4% (15th lowest)

39. Iowa

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 9.2 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 288 (suicides: 228, homicides: 49)
  • Violent crime rate: 290.6 per 100,000 (16th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 11.8% (18th lowest)

38. New Hampshire

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 9.3 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 132 (suicides: 123, homicides: N/A)
  • Violent crime rate: 197.6 per 100,000 (3rd lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No (A concealed handgun in the state does not require a permit. However, New Hampshire gun laws consider it illegal to carry a loaded handgun concealed on oneself or in a vehicle.)
  • Poverty rate: 7.3% (the lowest)

37. Delaware

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 10.9 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 111 (suicides: 65, homicides: 44)
  • Violent crime rate: 508.8 per 100,000 (9th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 11.7% (16th lowest)

36. Vermont

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 11.0 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 78 (suicides: 69, homicides: N/A)
  • Violent crime rate: 158.3 per 100,000 (2nd lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No (Vermont does not issue permits nor require one for law-abiding citizens to carry concealed.)
  • Poverty rate: 11.9% (19th lowest)

35. Wisconsin

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 11.4 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 664 (suicides: 455, homicides: 188)
  • Violent crime rate: 305.9 per 100,000 (20th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 11.8% (18th lowest)

34. Illinois

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 11.6 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1490 (suicides: 506, homicides: 944)
  • Violent crime rate: 436.3 per 100,000 (16th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: FOID Required
  • Poverty rate: 13.0% (24th lowest)

33. Oregon

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 11.8 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 513 (suicides: 414, homicides: 78)
  • Violent crime rate: 264.6 per 100,000 (14th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 13.3% (24th highest)

32. Maryland

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 11.8 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 707 (suicides: 251, homicides: 436)
  • Violent crime rate: 472.0 per 100,000 (11th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 9.7% (3rd lowest)

31. Pennsylvania

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 11.9 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1555 (suicides: 976, homicides: 538)
  • Violent crime rate: 316.4 per 100,000 (22nd lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 12.9% (23rd lowest)

30. North Dakota

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 11.9 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 90 (suicides: 75, homicides: N/A)
  • Violent crime rate: 251.1 per 100,000 (13th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No
  • Poverty rate: 10.7% (10th lowest)

29. Virginia

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 12.0 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1049 (suicides: 671, homicides: 353)
  • Violent crime rate: 217.6 per 100,000 (4th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 11.0% (12th lowest)

28. Texas

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 12.1 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 3353 (suicides: 2016, homicides: 1222)
  • Violent crime rate: 434.4 per 100,000 (17th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 15.6% (12th highest)

27. Michigan

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 12.2 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1230 (suicides: 717, homicides: 482)
  • Violent crime rate: 459.0 per 100,000 (13th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 15.0% (15th highest)

26. Florida

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 12.6 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 2704 (suicides: 1672, homicides: 992)
  • Violent crime rate: 430.3 per 100,000 (18th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 14.7% (16th highest)

25. Ohio

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 12.9 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1524 (suicides: 926, homicides: 557)
  • Violent crime rate: 300.3 per 100,000 (18th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 14.6% (18th highest)

24. Utah

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 12.9 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 370 (suicides: 309, homicides: 48)
  • Violent crime rate: 242.8 per 100,000 (10th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes (A criminal background check is conducted for all applicants)
  • Poverty rate: 10.2% (7th lowest)

23. Kansas

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 13.3 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 383 (suicides: 257, homicides: 113)
  • Violent crime rate: 380.4 per 100,000 (22nd highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No
  • Poverty rate: 12.1% (20th lowest)

22. South Dakota

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 13.5 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 108 (suicides: 84, homicides: N/A)
  • Violent crime rate: 418.4 per 100,000 (19th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 13.3% (24th highest)

21. North Carolina

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 13.6 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1409 (suicides: 788, homicides: 558)
  • Violent crime rate: 372.2 per 100,000 (25th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 15.4% (13th highest)

20. Colorado

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 14.3 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 812 (suicides: 613, homicides: 161)
  • Violent crime rate: 342.6 per 100,000 (23rd lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes (Weapon carried at home, business, hotel room, etc., must be in plain view)
  • Poverty rate: 11.0% (12th lowest)

19. Idaho

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 14.6 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 242 (suicides: 215, homicides: N/A)
  • Violent crime rate: 230.3 per 100,000 (6th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No (A permit to carry is available but not required to carry a handgun either openly or concealed.)
  • Poverty rate: 14.4% (19th highest)

18. Indiana

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 14.9 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 997 (suicides: 591, homicides: 368)
  • Violent crime rate: 404.7 per 100,000 (20th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 14.1% (21st highest)

17. Georgia

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 14.9 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1571 (suicides: 871, homicides: 653)
  • Violent crime rate: 397.6 per 100,000 (21st highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 16.0% (10th highest)

16. Arizona

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 15.2 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1094 (suicides: 755, homicides: 303)
  • Violent crime rate: 470.1 per 100,000 (12th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No (Citizens allowed to carry a concealed handgun with or without a permit.)
  • Poverty rate: 16.4% (8th highest)

15. Nevada

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 16.7 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 498 (suicides: 334, homicides: 149)
  • Violent crime rate: 678.1 per 100,000 (3rd highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 13.8% (23rd highest)

14. Tennessee

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 17.0 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1148 (suicides: 675, homicides: 434)
  • Violent crime rate: 632.9 per 100,000 (4th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 15.8% (11th highest)

13. Kentucky

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 17.5 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 772 (suicides: 495, homicides: 234)
  • Violent crime rate: 232.3 per 100,000 (7th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 18.5% (4th highest)

12. West Virginia

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 17.5 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 332 (suicides: 238, homicides: 78)
  • Violent crime rate: 358.1 per 100,000 (24th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No (Permit to carry available, but not required to carry a handgun either openly or concealed for those 21 and over.)
  • Poverty rate: 17.9% (5th highest)

11. Wyoming

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 17.5 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 101 (suicides: 87, homicides: N/A)
  • Violent crime rate: 244.2 per 100,000 (11th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No (Wyoming residents do not have to obtain any type of permit/license from the state to exercise their Second Amendment rights.)
  • Poverty rate: 11.3% (14th lowest)

10. South Carolina

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 17.7 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 891 (suicides: 525, homicides: 335)
  • Violent crime rate: 501.8 per 100,000 (10th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 15.3% (14th highest)

9. Arkansas

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 17.7 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 541 (suicides: 331, homicides: 182)
  • Violent crime rate: 550.9 per 100,000 (6th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 17.2% (6th highest)

8. New Mexico

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 18.2 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 383 (suicides: 243, homicides: 113)
  • Violent crime rate: 702.5 per 100,000 (2nd highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 19.8% (3rd highest)

7. Missouri

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 18.8 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1144 (suicides: 650, homicides: 464)
  • Violent crime rate: 519.4 per 100,000 (8th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No
  • Poverty rate: 14.0% (22nd highest)

6. Montana

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 19.0 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 194 (suicides: 162, homicides: N/A)
  • Violent crime rate: 368.3 per 100,000 (25th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes (A permit to carry concealed is not needed outside limits of cities or towns.)
  • Poverty rate: 13.3% (24th highest)

5. Oklahoma

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 19.6 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 766 (suicides: 517, homicides: 238)
  • Violent crime rate: 449.8 per 100,000 (14th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 16.3% (9th highest)

4. Mississippi

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 19.8 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 587 (suicides: 268, homicides: 282)
  • Violent crime rate: 280.5 per 100,000 (15th lowest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No (A permit to carry can be obtained, but it is not required to carry a handgun either openly or concealed.)
  • Poverty rate: 20.8% (the highest)

3. Louisiana

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 21.2 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 987 (suicides: 440, homicides: 526)
  • Violent crime rate: 566.1 per 100,000 (5th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 20.2% (2nd highest)

2. Alabama

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 21.4 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 1046 (suicides: 550, homicides: 454)
  • Violent crime rate: 532.3 per 100,000 (7th highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: Yes
  • Poverty rate: 17.1% (7th highest)

1. Alaska

  • Firearm deaths per 100,000 people: 23.0 per 100,000
  • Total firearm deaths 2016: 177 (suicides: 113, homicides: 45)
  • Violent crime rate: 804.2 per 100,000 (the highest)
  • Permit required to carry handgun: No
  • Poverty rate: 9.9% (6th lowest)

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