155
gun deaths in Alaska, including
19
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
24%
Homicides comprised 1/4 of gun deaths
69%
Suicides comprised 2/3 of gun deaths
82%
of gun death victims were male
6th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 150 Alaskans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of three people every week. Suicides were 69% of the gun deaths and homicides were 24%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 14.24 to 28.44
  • 28.45 to 42.65
  • 42.66 to 56.86
  • 56.87 to 71.21
  • 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 Anchorage Borough.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

37
firearm homicides in 2018
17th
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

1/4 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

2/3 of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

107
firearm suicides in 2018, including
12
children and teens
3rd
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly 70% of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly 3/5 suicides were by firearm in 2018.

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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 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