Guess How Our 50 States Compare to Other Countries in Gun Ownership

The Movoto website recently created graphics that show how much Americans love their guns. It is a map that compares each of the United States to a country in the world that has approximately the same number of firearms. They arrived at the final product through an interesting process.

They began with a research group in Switzerland called Small Arms Survey and their report: “Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City.” That group had estimated gun-ownership numbers for 178 nations, including U.S., which is estimated to have around 270 million guns.

Then, using that estimate of 88.8 guns per 100 American citizens, they compared each state’s number to the Swiss figures by country, calculating the nearest match. Here is the result:


Not surprisingly, some of America’s states match up with some internatioal superpowers:

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California’s total of 33.08 million guns is close to China’s 40 million
Texas’ total of 22.33 million guns is close to Germany’s 25 million
New York’s total of 17.2 million guns is close to Pakistan’s 18 million
Florida’s total of 16.7 million guns is close to Mexico’s 15.5 million

Movoto also compiled a chart to illustrate gun ownership statistics by state and country: