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Lowest Idaho Gun-Death Rates: Bear, Ada, Canyon Counties; Highest in Lewis County

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Of all the counties in Idaho, the fewest number of gun deaths from 2004 to 2010 took place in Bear Lake County, with a death-by-gun rate of 8.42 per 100,000 people. Following closely behind Bear Lake are Oneida, Franklin, Boise, Canyon, Ada and Payette counties. Looking beyond those counties, the rest of the state tells a very different story.

U.S. gun deaths from 2004-2010, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. - THE OREGONIAN
  • The Oregonian
  • U.S. gun deaths from 2004-2010, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When it comes to gun deaths, Idaho is splashed in red. - THE OREGONIAN
  • The Oregonian
  • When it comes to gun deaths, Idaho is splashed in red.
This information comes from a data map compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and aggregated by The Oregonian. On the low end of the scale, counties throughout the United States with a death-by-gun rate 6.73 per 100,000 residents or lower are in dark blue. Counties with a death-by-gun rate of up to 49.67 are colored dark red.

In Idaho, there are nearly 10 of them. The rest of the state is colored in lighter shades of red. The highest rate in the state can be found in Lewis County, with a death-by-gun rate of 20.07. The population of the county is only 3,735. 

Ada County, on the other hand, has a rate of 10 deaths by gun per 100,000 people. The population is 369,444. Canyon County had an even lower rate, at 9.98 deaths by gun per 100,000, but the population of Canyon County is nearly half of Ada County, at 176,312. Still, both counties stay shaded in blue.

Taking a look at the United States as a whole, the map almost mirrors that of a political map. Republican-leaning states have much higher rates of gun deaths than democratic states. The full interactive map can be viewed here.

A political map of the United States, based on the 2012 election between President Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney. - POLITICALMAPS.ORG
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  • A political map of the United States, based on the 2012 election between President Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney.