598
gun deaths in Wisconsin, including
40
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
70%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
26%
Homicides comprised 1/4 of gun deaths
90%
of gun death victims were male
11th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

Nearly 600 Wisconsinites died by gun violence in 2018, an average of more than one person every day. Suicides were 70% of the gun deaths and homicides were 26%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

  • 5.66 to 8.96
  • 8.97 to 12.27
  • 12.28 to 15.58
  • 15.59 to 19.03
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Wisconsin, Ashland County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Bayfield County and Burnett County.

Conversely, Ozaukee County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Sheboygan County and Dane County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

153
firearm homicides in 2018, including
17
children and teens
14th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

1/4 of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

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

FIREARM SUICIDES

420
firearm suicides in 2018, including
19
children and teens
12th
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly 70% of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly 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