179
gun deaths in Alaska, including
24
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
28%
Homicides comprised more than 1/4 of gun deaths
65%
Suicides comprised nearly 2/3 of gun deaths
83%
of gun death victims were male
1st
highest gun death rate in the country in 2019

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

In 2019, 179 Alaskans died by gun violence, an average of three people every week. Suicides were 65% of the gun deaths and homicides were 28%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 13.88 to 28.48
  • 28.49 to 43.09
  • 43.10 to 57.70
  • 57.71 to 72.21
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Alaska, Wade Hampton Census Area had the highest gun death rate, followed by Nome Census Area and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area.

Conversely, Juneau Borough had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Kodiak Island Borough and Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

51
firearm homicides in 2019
11th
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 1/4 of gun deaths were homicides in 2019.

Homicide by Method

Nearly 2/3 of homicides were committed with firearms in 2019.

FIREARM SUICIDES

117
firearm suicides in 2019, including
17
children and teens
2nd
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly 2/3 of gun deaths were suicides in 2019.

Suicide by Method

More than half of all suicides were by firearm in 2019.

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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 2019, 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, 1999-2019. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.

Last updated February 2021