Map of the Month

Each month a new map is presented to the Commission to help explain important trends in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. These custom-crafted maps are prepared by MTC’s Data & Visualization team.

January 2016

Deaths From Motor Vehicles And Guns Converge

For the first time ever, firearms and motor vehicles are killing Americans at an identical rate, according to an analysis of CDC data by the Violence Prevention Project at UC Davis. The convergence of the rates of these causes of death (as shown in Attachment 1) is primarily due to a dramatic drop in the rate of motor vehicle fatalities since the early 1970s. The current rate of gun deaths is higher than the 1950s and 1960s, but lower than the three decades that followed.