1,025
gun deaths in Virginia, including
87
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
33%
Homicides comprised 1/3 of gun deaths
65%
Suicides comprised nearly 2/3 of gun deaths
84%
of gun death victims were male
19th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2019

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2019

More than 1,000 Virginians died by gun violence in 2019, an average of nearly three people every day. Suicides were 65% of the gun deaths and homicides were 33%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 2.59 to 11.49
  • 11.50 to 20.40
  • 20.41 to 29.31
  • 29.32 to 38.18
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Virginia, Petersburg city had the highest gun death rate, followed by Dickenson County and Danville city.

Conversely, Arlington County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Fairfax County and Alexandria city.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

342
firearm homicides in 2019, including
50
children and teens
19th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

1/3 of gun deaths were homicides in 2019.

Homicide by Method

Nearly 80% of homicides were by firearm in 2019.

FIREARM SUICIDES

661
firearm suicides in 2019, including
34
children and teens
17th
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly 2/3 of gun deaths were suicides in 2019.

Suicide by Method

More than half of all suicides were by firearm in 2019.

RESOURCES

Fact Sheets and Reports:

Child Firearm Deaths in Virginia

Domestic Violence in Virginia

Firearm Homicide in Virginia

Firearm Suicide in Virginia

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 2019, 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, 1999-2019. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.

Last updated January 2021