The firearm suicide rate in Kentucky increased 19% over the last decade (2009-2018) and in 2018, 509 Kentuckians died by firearm suicide – the first time annual firearm suicide deaths ever exceeded 500. In 2018, the firearm suicide rate in Kentucky was 1.5 times the United States’ rate.
The majority of suicide decedents are males. In Kentucky, White (non Latino) males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide. Hispanic/Latino males have the second highest firearm suicide rate in the state and Black males have the third highest rate.
- 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.