762
gun deaths in Kentucky, including
58
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
27%
Homicides comprised more than 1/4 of gun deaths
67%
Suicides comprised more than 2/3 of gun deaths
85%
of gun death victims were male
14th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 700 Kentuckians died by gun violence in 2018, an average of two people every day. Suicides were 67% of the gun deaths and homicides were 27%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 7.83 to 14.13
  • 14.14 to 20.44
  • 20.45 to 26.75
  • 26.76 to 33.20
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Kentucky, Wolfe County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Breathitt County and Grayson County.

Conversely, Oldham County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Campbell County and Boone County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

207
firearm homicides in 2018, including
21
children and teens
19th
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 1/4 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

The majority of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

509
firearm suicides in 2018, including
28
children and teens
13th
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 2/3 of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly 2/3 of 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