World Gun Homicide Rates

Contrary to what a lot of people assume, the United States does not even rank in the top 10 in the list of world gun homicide rates. It comes in at #16, with a total (in 2017) of 4.46 per 100K people. That’s 15 times less than the #1 country, Honduras, which had 66.64/100K in 2014. Even more suprisingly, the U.S. has fewer homicides than Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Paraguay, three countries that seldom make the news as violent and/or dangerous countries. Here’s the list that appears on Wikipedia, modified to show only gun homicides. The original list included information about gun suicides and gun deaths whose cause was unintentional and undetermined. Note, too, that the information for each country is not from the same year, so any comparisons should be made with that in mind.

An interesting side note: The number of guns per 100 inhabitants in the U.S. (120.5) is more than 3x larger than the next country, Serbia (37.82).

In addition to world gun homicide rates, you can find out information about United States homicide rates and gun ownership by checking out these related articles:

Firearm Deaths per 100K People per State

Number of Registered Guns By State

Gun Ownership Percentages By State