The firearm suicide rate in Pennsylvania increased 20% over the last decade (2009-2018) and in 2018, 1,025 Pennsylvanians died by firearm suicide – the first time annual firearm suicide deaths ever exceeded 1,000. Since 2015, the firearm suicide rate in Pennsylvania has been higher than United States’ rate.
The majority of suicide decedents are males. In Pennsylvania, White (non Latino) males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide. Black males have the second highest firearm suicide rate in the state.
- 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.