2,902
gun deaths in Florida, including
188
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
34%
Homicides comprised 1/3 of gun deaths
64%
Suicides comprised nearly 2/3 of gun deaths
85%
of gun death victims were male
24th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

Nearly 3,000 Floridians died by gun violence in 2018, an average of eight people every day. Suicides were 64% of the gun deaths and homicides were 34%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 8.03 to 11.63
  • 11.64 to 15.24
  • 15.25 to 18.85
  • 18.86 to 22.46
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Florida, Taylor County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Putnam County and Gilchrist County.

Conversely, Collier County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Osceola County and Sumter County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

977
firearm homicides in 2018, including
117
children and teens
18th
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

1/3 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

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

FIREARM SUICIDES

1,869
firearm suicides in 2018, including
62
children and teens
19th
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly 2/3 of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Half of all 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