258
gun deaths in Massachusetts, including
13
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
40%
Homicides comprised two in every five gun deaths
57%
Suicides comprised nearly three in five gun deaths
91%
of gun death victims were male
2nd
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 250 people in Massachusetts died by gun violence in 2018, an average of five people every week. Suicides were 57% of the gun deaths and homicides were 40%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 1.84 to 2.94
  • 2.95 to 4.05
  • 4.06 to 5.16
  • 5.17 to 6.20
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Massachusetts, Hampden County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Suffolk County and Berkshire County.

Conversely, Middlesex County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Norfolk County and Hampshire County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

104
firearm homicides in 2018
5th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

2/5 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

2/3 of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

148
firearm suicides in 2018
1st
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly 3/5 of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

1/5 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