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A Decade of Gun Homicides in Large American Cities

A part of "Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in American Cities"


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One in four Americans murdered with guns die in just 30 cities. Data obtained from their police departments show that, controlling for population, their rates of gun violence vary — but also reflect some common trends. Despite an uptick in some cities in 2015, the overall trend over the last decade has generally been one of decline.

The below figures illustrate the gun homicides in each city per 100,000 residents, and compares that rate to the average of the country’s 25 most populous cities. In 2015, these cities accounted for over 3,400 gun homicides.

A Decade of Gun Homicides in Large American Cities

Austin, TX: 912,791 residents and 10 gun homicides

Everytown Research & Policy is a program of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, an independent, non-partisan organization dedicated to understanding and reducing gun violence. Everytown Research & Policy works to do so by conducting methodologically rigorous research, supporting evidence-based policies, and communicating this knowledge to the American public.

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