• Suicides make up 39% of all firearm deaths in Illinois.
  • Nearly two in every five suicides in Illinois are by firearm.
  • In 2018, there were 573 firearm suicide deaths in Illinois, including 26 children and teens (ages 0-19).
  • Illinois’s firearm suicide rate is lower than most states’ — in 2018, Illinois had the 9th lowest firearm suicide rate in the country.


While the firearm suicide rate in Illinois has been consistently lower than the United States’ rate, the firearm suicide rate in Illinois increased 39% over the last decade (2009-2018).

Firearm Deaths in Illinois

Number of deaths


The “other” category is defined as any firearm death that is not defined by the CDC as a homicide or a suicide. This could include unintentional, undetermined, and legal intervention. To obtain the number of deaths in the “other” category, the total number of firearm suicide deaths and firearm homicide deaths were subtracted from the overall firearm deaths in a given year.

Firearm Suicide Rates in Illinois and the United States

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

United States

Firearm Suicide Rates by County

Age-Adjusted Firearm Suicide Rate per 100,000

  • 2.39 to 6.09
  • 6.10 to 9.80
  • 9.81 to 13.51
  • 13.52 to 17.33
  • Suppressed /

The CDC suppresses data in which fewer than 10 deaths are reported in a given time frame and considers firearm suicide rates based on fewer than 20 deaths “statistically unreliable.” Counties that meet this criteria are labeled “Suppressed/Unreliable.”



The majority of suicide decedents are males. In Illinois, White (non Latino) males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide. Black males have the second highest firearm suicide rate in the state.

Firearm Suicide Deaths in Illinois by Sex


Firearm Suicide Rates in Illinois by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000


The CDC considers firearm suicide rates based on fewer than 20 deaths “statistically unreliable” and suppresses firearm suicide rates based on fewer than 10 deaths. Fewer than 20 firearm suicides were reported during this time period for the following races and Hispanic Origin category and therefore are omitted from the above chart: American Indian/ Alaska Native females and males, Asian/ Pacific Islander females, Black females, and Hispanic/Latina females.


  • 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:

This page was last updated February 2020.