New Mexico

  • Suicides make up 68% of all firearm deaths in New Mexico.
  • More than half of all suicides in New Mexico are by firearm.
  • In 2017, there were 261 firearm suicide deaths in New Mexico.
  • Compared to other states, New Mexico’s firearm suicide rate in 2017 was ranked 42/50 from lowest to highest.


Firearm Deaths in New Mexico

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 New Mexico and the United States

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

New Mexico
United States


Firearm Suicide Deaths in New Mexico by Sex


Firearm Suicide Rates in New Mexico by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity

Age-Adjusted Rate Per 100,000


The chart above includes two racial categories: (1) American Indian/Alaska Native and (2) White; as well as one Hispanic Origin category: (1) Hispanic/Latino. Race and Hispanic Origin categories defined by the CDC are not mutually exclusive, meaning that a person counted in the Hispanic/Latino category will also be counted in a racial category at the same time.

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, Asian/ Pacific Islander females and males, and Black females and males.


  • The most recently available CDC data is 2017; as such, 2017 data is used where appropriate.
  • Unless otherwise specified, statistics reflect 5-year averages (2013-2017).
  • 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, 1999-2017. Available:


This page was last updated on August 3, 2019.