Fewer than 15 firearm suicides were reported in DC each year over the last decade (2009-2018). In 2018, less than 10 firearm suicides were reported and therefore the CDC omitted this data for confidentiality purposes. DC’s firearm suicide has not been reported by the CDC over the last decade as the death count has been too small to produce a reliable rate.
The majority of suicide decedents are males. In DC, Black males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide.
- The most recently available CDC data is 2018; as such, 2018 data is used where appropriate.
- Unless otherwise specified, statistics reflect 5-year averages (2014-2018).
- All rates listed are age-adjusted in order to allow for accurate comparisons between populations with differing age distributions.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Suicide Deaths and Rates per 100,000. WONDER Online Database, 1999-2018. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.