North Carolina

  • Suicides make up 60% of all firearm deaths in North Carolina.
  • Nearly three in every five suicides in North Carolina are by firearm.
  • In 2018, there were 873 firearm suicide deaths in North Carolina, including 46 children and teens (ages 0-19).
  • North Carolina’s firearm suicide rate has been consistently higher than the overall United States’ rate. In 2018, North Carolina had the 22nd lowest firearm suicide rate in the country.

Data

The firearm suicide rate in North Carolina increased 13% over the last decade (2009-2018) and continues to be higher than the United States’ rate.

Firearm Deaths in North Carolina
2009-2018

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 North Carolina and the United States
2009-2018

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

North Carolina
United States
 

Demographics

The majority of suicide decedents are males. In North Carolina, White (non Latino) males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide. American Indian/Alaska Native males have the second highest firearm suicide rate in the state.

Firearm Suicide Deaths in North Carolina by Sex
2014-2018

Male
Female

Firearm Suicide Rates in North Carolina by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity
2014-2018

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, Asian/ Pacific Islander females, and Hispanic/Latina females.

Notes:

  • 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.