1,654
gun deaths in Pennsylvania, including
119
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
87%
of gun death victims were male
22nd
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 1,600 Pennsylvanians died by gun violence in 2018, an average of more than 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

  • 4.98 to 8.48
  • 8.49 to 11.99
  • 12.00 to 15.50
  • 15.51 to 19.11
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Fulton County and Elk County.

Conversely, Union County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Chester County and Montgomery County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

581
firearm homicides in 2018, including
75
children and teens
23rd
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

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

FIREARM SUICIDES

1,025
firearm suicides in 2018, including
38
children and teens
15th
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