707
gun deaths in Maryland, including
62
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
60%
Homicides comprised three in every five gun deaths
38%
Suicides comprised nearly two in five gun deaths
88%
of gun death victims were male
19th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 700 Marylanders died by gun violence in 2018, an average of nearly two people every day. Suicides were 38% of the gun deaths and homicides were 60%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 3.32 to 10.52
  • 10.53 to 17.73
  • 17.74 to 24.94
  • 24.95 to 32.20
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Maryland, Baltimore city had the highest gun death rate, followed by Dorchester County and Cecil County.

Conversely, Montgomery County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Howard County and Talbot County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

426
firearm homicides in 2018, including
47
children and teens
8th
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

3/5 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

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

FIREARM SUICIDES

266
firearm suicides in 2018, including
14
children and teens
8th
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 1/3 of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

More than 2/5 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