519
gun deaths in Oregon, including
40
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
13%
Homicides comprised 13% of gun deaths
82%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
85%
of gun death victims were male
18th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 500 Oregonians died by gun violence in 2018, an average of one person every day. Suicides were 82% of the gun deaths and homicides were 13%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 7.44 to 13.64
  • 13.65 to 19.85
  • 19.86 to 26.06
  • 26.07 to 32.15
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Oregon, Harney County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Wallowa County and Lake County.

Conversely, Washington County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Polk County and Benton County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

67
firearm homicides in 2018
7th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 10% of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

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

FIREARM SUICIDES

427
firearm suicides in 2018, including
28
children and teens
24th
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

The majority 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