420
gun deaths in New Jersey, including
27
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
52%
Homicides comprised more than half of all gun deaths
46%
Suicides comprised nearly half of all gun deaths
91%
of gun death victims were male
5th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 400 New Jerseyites died by gun violence in 2018, an average of one person every day. Suicides were 46% of the gun deaths and homicides were 52%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 1.99 to 4.89
  • 4.90 to 7.80
  • 7.81 to 10.71
  • 10.72 to 13.58
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in New Jersey, Essex County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Camden County and Salem County.

Conversely, Bergen County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Morris County and Somerset County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

218
firearm homicides in 2018, including
24
children and teens
13th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than half of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

70% of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

193
firearm suicides in 2018
3rd
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly half of all gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

1/4 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