Homes with guns


Seattle residents least likely in King County to report having a gun in or around their homes

In 2013, 2015, and 2016, an average of 22% of adults King County residents had a gun such as a pistol, shotgun, or rifle in or around their home, including their car or other motor vehicle.

  • Region and city/neighborhood: The likelihood of a resident having a gun at home varied widely. Seattleites (14%) were less likely to have a gun at home than South (28%), North (25%), or East (22%) King County residents. On the city/neighborhood level, a group of mostly contiguous areas in east and south King County had rates higher than the county average: Covington/Maple Valley, Fairwood, Newcastle/Four Creeks, Snoqualmie/North Bend/Skykomish, Black Diamond/Enumclaw/SE County, East Federal Way, and Bear Creek/Carnation/Duvall.  

  • Gender: Men were more likely than women to report have a gun in or around their home (27% and 17%, respectively).

  • Age: 25-44 year olds were less likely than older King County residents to report having a gun, at 18%, compared to 25% for adults age 45 and over.

  • Race/ethnicity: Some racial and ethnic groups were less likely than King County residents overall to have a gun at home, including Asian (11%), Black/African American (11%), and Hispanic/Latino (11%) residents. White residents (26%) were more likely to have a gun at home.

  • Income: People living in higher-income households were more likely to have a gun at home. Those in households with more than $50,000 of income (26% to 27%) were twice as likely to have guns as those in households with less than $25,000 (9% to 14%).

Those who reported having a gun in or around their home were also asked about their gun storage practices. Among those with guns, 41% stored their guns locked and unloaded, 16% stored them loaded but locked, 28% stored them unlocked but unloaded, and 16% stored them both loaded and unlocked. For more information on firearm storage and firearm impact see www.kingcounty/youth-firearms


Notes & Sources

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 

Source: Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, supported in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cooperative Agreement NU58/DP006066-03-00 (2017).

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System collects information on the health and safety of Washington residents aged 18 and older. Every year, the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conduct the survey primarily through telephone interviews, including landline and cellphone numbers. To learn more about the survey, please go to

For more detailed information about the indicator definitions please see our Homes with Guns Notes.