343
gun deaths in West Virginia, including
16
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
19%
Homicides comprised 1/5 of gun deaths
75%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
82%
of gun death victims were male
9th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 300 West Virginians died by gun violence in 2018, an average of nearly one person every day. Suicides were 75% of the gun deaths and homicides were 19%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 7.99 to 14.59
  • 14.60 to 21.20
  • 21.21 to 27.81
  • 27.82 to 34.21
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in West Virginia, McDowell County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Clay County and Doddridge County.

Conversely, Ohio County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Jefferson County and Putnam County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

66
firearm homicides in 2018
19th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly 20% of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

Nearly 70% of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

257
firearm suicides in 2018, including
12
children and teens
5th
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

3/4 of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly 2/3 of 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