1,382
gun deaths in Illinois, including
147
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
57%
Homicides comprised nearly three in every five gun deaths
41%
Suicides comprised two in five gun deaths
88%
of gun death victims were male
15th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 1,300 people in Illinois died by gun violence in 2018, an average of nearly four people every day. Suicides were 41% of the gun deaths and homicides were 57%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 3.89 to 7.89
  • 7.90 to 11.90
  • 11.91 to 15.91
  • 15.92 to 19.85
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Illinois, St. Clair County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Massac County and Vermilion County.

Conversely, DuPage County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by McLean County and Kendall County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

784
firearm homicides in 2018, including
113
children and teens
11th
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than half of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

Nearly 80% of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

573
firearm suicides in 2018, including
26
children and teens
9th
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

2/5 of gun deaths were by suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

More than 1/3 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