Data on Firearm Deaths Now Available

January 25, 2018


Firearm Death Rate for Children and Young Adults Ages 24 and Under: 2013-2015

Firearm-related injuries claimed the lives of 1,918 California children and young adults between 2013 and 2015. Homicide is the leading cause of firearm death among young people ages 24 and under, followed by suicide. Of the 19 counties with data in 2013-2015, three recorded firearm death rates that were more than double the state average of 4.9 per 100,000: Merced, Monterey, and Solano. These counties’ rates have been consistently higher than the statewide rate since 2008-2010.

The death of any young person is a tragedy. The tragedy is amplified when the death is preventable. Public policies aimed at prevention, education, and support of youth and families can address preventable death. For example, routine and accessible mental health screening and services for youth can address suicide and harmful behavior to others. Also, school policies that foster a safe and positive school climate can reduce violence. has newly added data on the number and rate of both fatal and non-fatal firearms injuries, by cause, age, gender, and race/ethnicity. Customize and share these data to help prevent youth firearm injury and death in California. If you need assistance navigating our site to get the data you need, please contact us at


Stay Up To Date With Kidsdata is a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, which uses data to promote the health and well being of children.

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