Rhode Island

  • Suicides make up 72% of all firearm deaths in Rhode Island.
  • More than one in four suicides in Rhode Island are by firearm.
  • In 2019, there were 33 firearm suicide deaths in Rhode Island.
  • Rhode Island’s firearm suicide rate is lower than most states’ — in 2019, Rhode Island had the 5th lowest firearm suicide rate in the country.

Data

Firearm Deaths in Rhode Island
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 Rhode Island and the United States
2010-2019

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

Rhode Island
United States

Firearm Suicide Rates by County
2010-2019

Age-Adjusted Firearm Suicide Rate per 100,000

  • 2.36 to 2.56
  • 2.57 to 2.77
  • 2.78 to 2.98
  • 2.99 to 3.25
  • 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 Rhode Island, White males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide.

Firearm Suicide Deaths in Rhode Island by Sex
2015-2019

Male
Female

Firearm Suicide Rates in Rhode Island by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity
2015-2019

Age-Adjusted Rate Per 100,000

Male
Female

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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 and males, Black females and males, White females, and Hispanic/Latino females and males.

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.

 

This page was last updated March 2021.