New York

  • Suicides make up 54% of all firearm deaths in New York.
  • More than one in four suicides in New York are by firearm.
  • In 2019, there were 455 firearm suicide deaths in New York, including 14 children and teens (ages 0-19).
  • New York’s firearm suicide rate is lower than most states’ — in 2019, New York had the 3rd lowest firearm suicide rate in the country.

Data

Firearm Deaths in New York
2010-2019

Number of deaths

Suicide
Homicide
Other

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 York and the United States
2010-2019

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

New York
United States

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Firearm Suicide Rates by County
2010-2019

Age-Adjusted Firearm Suicide Rate per 100,000

  • 0.44 to 2.84
  • 2.85 to 5.25
  • 5.26 to 7.66
  • 7.67 to 9.84
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

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.”

 

Demographics

The majority of suicide decedents are males. In New York, White males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide.

Firearm Suicide Deaths in New York by Sex
2015-2019

Male
Female

Firearm Suicide Rates in New York by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity
2015-2019

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

Male
Female

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.

Notes:

  • The most recently available CDC data is 2019; as such, 2019 data is used where appropriate.
  • Unless otherwise specified, statistics reflect 5-year averages (2015-2019).
  • 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, 1999-2019. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.