889
gun deaths in Colorado, including
75
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
21%
Homicides comprised one in every five gun deaths
74%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
86%
of gun death victims were male
20th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

Nearly 900 Coloradans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of two people every day. Suicides were 74% of the gun deaths and homicides were 21%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 8.80 to 14.20
  • 14.21 to 19.61
  • 19.62 to 25.02
  • 25.03 to 30.31
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Colorado, Conejos County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Las Animas County and Park County.

Conversely, Eagle County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Boulder County and Douglas County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

188
firearm homicides in 2018, including
28
children and teens
16th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 20% of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

Nearly 3/4 of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

660
firearm suicides in 2018, including
37
children and teens
11th
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

3/4 of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Half of all 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