604
gun deaths in Wisconsin, including
49
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
25%
Homicides comprised 1/4 of gun deaths
71%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
86%
of gun death victims were male
12th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2019

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2019

More than 600 people in Wisconsin died by gun violence in 2019, an average of more than one person every day. Suicides were 71% of the gun deaths and homicides were 25%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 6.01 to 9.81
  • 9.82 to 13.62
  • 13.63 to 17.43
  • 17.44 to 21.06
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Wisconsin, Milwaukee 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 Dane County and Shawano County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

153
firearm homicides in 2019, including
23
children and teens
13th
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

1/4 of gun deaths were homicides in 2019.

Homicide by Method

More than 2/3 of homicides were committed with firearms in 2019.

FIREARM SUICIDES

427
firearm suicides in 2019, including
22
children and teens
13th
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

70% of gun deaths were suicides in 2019.

Suicide by Method

Half of all suicides were by firearm in 2019.

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 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 February 2021