Gun deaths: Which Seattle-area communities have it worst

CaptionCloseThe toll taken by gun violence varies widely from community to community in the Seattle area, and the highest rates of gun fatalities aren’t necessarily where one might expect. Check out how King County communities compare in terms of fatal...

Gun deaths: Which Seattle-area communities have it worst

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The toll taken by gun violence varies widely from community to community in the Seattle area, and the highest rates of gun fatalities aren’t necessarily where one might expect. Check out how King County communities compare in terms of fatal shootings. 

The toll taken by gun violence varies widely from community to community in the Seattle area, and the highest rates of gun fatalities aren’t necessarily where one might expect. Check out how King County

In King County, the overall rate of deaths involving firearms is 7 per 100,000 residents. Each year, about 141 King County residents die from intentional and accidental shootings, including suicides. Click through for a look at how King County’s communities compare. 

In King County, the overall rate of deaths involving firearms is 7 per 100,000 residents. Each year, about 141 King County residents die from intentional and accidental shootings, including suicides. Click

Seattle’s gun-related death rate is lower than King County’s as a whole. From 2010 to 2014, the city saw a rate of 6.2 firearms-related deaths per 100,000 residents. About 42 people died each year from gunshots, including accidents and suicides. Click through for a look at how King County communities compare.

Seattle’s gun-related death rate is lower than King County’s as a whole. From 2010 to 2014, the city saw a rate of 6.2 firearms-related deaths per 100,000 residents. About 42 people died each year from

14. Central Seattle -- 8.3 gun deaths per 100,000 residents – 4 gun deaths per year on average

14. Central Seattle -- 8.3 gun deaths per 100,000 residents – 4 gun deaths per year on average

It’s an understandable misconception, the impression that most shooting deaths occur when one angry person shoots another.

That’s the story we tell here, the story told at news outlets around the world. It’s a story told on nearly every TV channel every day.

The truth is about two out of three gun deaths in America are the result of suicide. And that’s part of the reason why the picture of fatal gun violence in King County doesn’t match the headlines very well.

Check out the gallery above for a look at how 38 King County communities stack up when it comes to gun death rates. The numbers included come from Public Health – Seattle and King County, which drew them from the state Department of Health.

Given the margin of error, statistically significant deviations from the norm were only found in six communities; Auburn, east Federal Way, Kent, Highline and West Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood saw significantly higher rates, while Redmond’s death rate was significantly lower.

As a whole, Seattle and King County both experience significantly lower gun death rates than Washington state as a whole, where about 9.2 gun deaths were reported for every 100,000 residents. Men were far more likely to die from gunshots than women, and older residents were the most likely of any age group to die of gun violence.

Seattlepi.com reporter Levi Pulkkinen can be reached at 206-448-8348 or levipulkkinen@seattlepi.com. Follow Levi on Twitter at twitter.com/levipulk.

 

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