294
gun deaths in Idaho, including
19
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
11%
Homicides comprised one in ten gun deaths
85%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
83%
of gun death victims were male
17th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

Nearly 300 Idahoans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of more than five people every week. Suicides were 85% of the gun deaths and homicides were 11%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 7.51 to 18.81
  • 18.82 to 30.12
  • 30.13 to 41.43
  • 41.44 to 52.71
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Idaho, Custer County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Benewah County and Clearwater County.

Conversely, Madison County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Ada County and Minidoka County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

31
firearm homicides in 2018
9th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

11% of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

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

FIREARM SUICIDES

250
firearm suicides in 2018, including
17
children and teens
4th
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

The majority of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

3/5 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