1,064
gun deaths in Alabama, including
102
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
44%
Homicides comprised more than two in five gun deaths
52%
Suicides comprised half of all gun deaths
84%
of gun death victims were male
2nd
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 1,000 Alabamans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of nearly three people every day. Suicides were 52% of the gun deaths and homicides were 44%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 12.26 to 18.66
  • 18.67 to 25.07
  • 25.08 to 31.48
  • 31.49 to 37.82
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Alabama, Macon County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Dallas County and Lowndes County.

Conversely, Pickens County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Shelby County and Lauderdale County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

468
firearm homicides in 2018, including
56
children and teens
4th
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 2/5 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

The majority of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

552
firearm suicides in 2018, including
32
children and teens
14th
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than half of all gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

More than 2/3 of suicides were by firearm in 2018.

Resources

Additional Information

Notes

  • All rates listed are age-adjusted in order to allow for accurate comparisons between populations with different age distributions.
  • All data is from 2018, the most recent year of data available, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, 1999-2018. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.

Last updated September 2020