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Guns Per Capita 2022

According to the Small Arms Survey of 2017, the United States had a population size of around 326,474,000 people. There were about 393 million firearms in the United States, meaning that there were far more guns than there are people. Additionally, given that not every person in the U.S. owns a gun, many people own multiple or many. This fact still rings true, with the only major difference being that the United States population and the number of guns in the nation have grown in size.

Back in 2017, for every one hundred people in the United States, there were one hundred twenty firearms in the hands of the general public. Of the 393 million firearms in the U.S., only 6.06 million of them are registered.

According to the Pew Research Center, handguns are the most common type of firearm among gun owners. About 39% of men and 22% of women say they own a firearm. Rural households are more likely to own a firearm than urban households, 46% vs. 19%, and those 50 or older have the highest gun ownership rate than other age groups at 33%. Republicans are twice as likely to own a gun than Democrats, and Southern households are more likely to own firearms (36%) than other regions of the U.S.

Guns per Capita by State

The number of firearms per capita ranges significantly between states. The lowest is 3 per 1,000 people in Rhode Island and New York, to 229 per 1,000 people in Wyoming. Wyoming has, by far, the highest number of guns per capita. Of Wyoming's 581,075 people, there are 132,806 registered guns. The four other states with the highest number of guns per capita (guns per 1,000 people) are: New Hampshire (47), New Mexico (46), Virginia (36), and Alabama (33).

Seventeen states have at least 20 guns per capita. Of these states, Texas has the most registered guns, with 588,696. Due to Texas's population size, its guns per capita is 21 per 1,000 people. New Hampshire, which has the second-highest guns per capita, has some of the most relaxed firearm laws in the U.S., including no requirement to register your gun. This is the case in many other states, so it's important to remember that the majority of guns in the U.S. are not registered.

Rhode Island and New York have the lowest guns per capita of 3 per 1,000 people each. These states also have some of the lowest gun ownership overall, with only 14.8% of Rhode Island residents owning a gun and only 19.9% of New York residents owning a gun. The three other states with the lowest guns per capita, all with 5 per 1,000, are: Delaware, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.

Similar to Rhode Island and New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts have the lowest gun ownership rates in the U.S., with only 14.7% of each state's residents owning a gun. Unlike the states with higher guns per capita, these states all have some of the country's strictest gun laws. For example, New Jersey requires guns to be registered, requires a permit to purchase, a permit to carry, and does not allow open carry. Fortunately, these states also have the lowest numbers of gun deaths. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York have the four lowest number of gun deaths.

Below is a table of each state's total registered guns and the number of registered guns per 1,000 people.

Here are the 10 states with the highest numbers of guns:

  1. Texas (588,696)
  2. California (344,622)
  3. Florida (343,288)
  4. Virginia (307,822)
  5. Pennsylvania (236,377)
  6. Georgia (190,050)
  7. Arizona (179,738)
  8. Ohio (173,405)
  9. Alabama (161,641)
  10. North Carolina (152,238)

Guns Per Capita 2022

*Registered guns per 1000 people
State Total Registered Guns 2022 Pop.
Texas588,69630,097,526
California344,62239,664,128
Florida343,28822,177,997
Virginia307,8228,638,218
Pennsylvania236,37712,805,190
Georgia190,05010,936,299
Arizona179,7387,640,796
Ohio173,40511,727,377
Alabama161,6414,949,697
North Carolina152,23810,807,491
Illinois146,48712,518,071
Wyoming132,806582,233
Louisiana116,8314,616,106
Indiana114,0196,842,385
South Carolina105,6015,342,388
Maryland103,1096,075,314
Tennessee99,1597,001,803
New Mexico97,5802,109,093
Colorado92,4355,961,083
Washington91,8357,887,965
Connecticut82,4003,546,588
Kentucky81,0684,487,233
Arkansas79,8413,042,017
Minnesota79,3075,739,781
Nevada76,8883,238,601
New York76,20719,223,191
Missouri72,9966,184,843
Utah72,8563,363,182
Oklahoma71,2694,007,179
Michigan65,7429,995,212
Wisconsin64,8785,867,518
New Hampshire64,1351,378,449
Oregon61,3834,325,290
New Jersey57,5078,870,685
Kansas52,6342,919,179
Idaho49,5661,896,652
Rhode Island37,1521,062,583
Massachusetts37,1526,922,107
Mississippi35,4942,961,536
West Virginia35,2641,755,715
Iowa28,4943,174,426
Nebraska22,2341,960,790
Montana22,1331,093,117
South Dakota21,130902,542
Alaska15,824720,763
Maine15,3711,359,677
North Dakota13,272774,008
Hawaii7,8591,401,709
Vermont5,872622,882
Delaware4,852998,619

Guns Per Capita 2022

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