1,416
gun deaths in North Carolina, including
115
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
35%
Homicides comprised 1/3 of gun deaths
62%
Suicides comprised three in five gun deaths
84%
of gun death victims were male
24th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 1,400 North Carolinians died by gun violence in 2018, an average of nearly four people every day. Suicides were 62% of the gun deaths and homicides were 35%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 5.98 to 11.58
  • 11.59 to 17.19
  • 17.20 to 22.80
  • 22.81 to 28.48
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in North Carolina, Vance County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Robeson County and Halifax County.

Conversely, Orange County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Wake County and Union County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

489
firearm homicides in 2018, including
63
children and teens
22nd
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

1/3 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

3/4 of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

873
firearm suicides in 2018, including
46
children and teens
22nd
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 3/5 of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly 3/5 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