1,555
gun deaths in Ohio, including
138
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
35%
Homicides comprised more than 1/3 of gun deaths
62%
Suicides comprised more than three in five gun deaths
85%
of gun death victims were male
26th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 1,500 Ohioans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of 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

  • 4.36 to 7.86
  • 7.87 to 11.37
  • 11.38 to 14.88
  • 14.89 to 18.32
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Ohio, Jefferson County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Adams County and Jackson County.

Conversely, Ashland County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Delaware County and Warren County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

548
firearm homicides in 2018, including
75
children and teens
20th
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

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

Homicide by Method

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

FIREARM SUICIDES

962
firearm suicides in 2018, including
58
children and teens
20th
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

Half of all 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