117
gun deaths in South Dakota, including
15
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
14%
Homicides comprised 14% of gun deaths
78%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
88%
of gun death victims were male
23rd
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 100 South Dakotans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of more than two people every week. Suicides were 78% of the gun deaths and homicides were 14%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 7.63 to 9.83
  • 9.84 to 12.04
  • 12.05 to 14.25
  • 14.26 to 16.23
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in South Dakota, Meade County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Lawrence County and Pennington County.

Conversely, Lincoln County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Codington County and Minnehaha County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

16
firearm homicides in 2018

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly 15% of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

Half of all homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

91
firearm suicides in 2018
16th
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

More than 3/4 of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly half of all suicides were by firearm in 2018.

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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