The firearm suicide rate in South Dakota increased 37% over the last decade (2009-2018) and in 2018, 91 South Dakotans died by firearm suicide – the highest number of firearm suicides on record in South Dakota. In 2018, the firearm suicide rate in South Dakota was 1.5 times the United States’ rate.
The majority of suicide decedents are males. In South Dakota, White (non Latino) and American Indian/Alaska Native males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide.
- 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.