Wyoming

  • Suicides make up 86% of all firearm deaths in Wyoming.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all suicides in Wyoming are by firearm.
  • In 2018, there were 108 firearm suicide deaths in Wyoming.
  • Wyoming had the highest firearm suicide rate in the country in 2018.

Data

The firearm suicide rate in Wyoming increased 23% over the last decade (2009-2018) and in 2018, 108 Wyomingites died by firearm suicide – the highest number of firearm suicides on record in Wyoming. In 2018, the firearm suicide rate in Wyoming was 2.6 times the United States’ rate.

Firearm Deaths in Wyoming
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.

* Denotes years in which fewer than 10 firearm suicide or homicide deaths were reported. The CDC suppresses data in which fewer than 10 deaths are reported. For any year in which there were less than 10 firearm homicides or suicides reported, these deaths are collapsed into the “other” category.

Firearm Suicide Rates in Wyoming and the United States
2009-2018

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

Wyoming
United States
 

Demographics

The majority of suicide decedents are males. In Wyoming, White (non Latino) males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide. White (non Latino) females have the second highest firearm suicide rate in the state.

Firearm Suicide Deaths in Wyoming by Sex
2014-2018

Male
Female

Firearm Suicide Rates in Wyoming 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 and males, Asian/ Pacific Islander females and males, Black females and males, and Hispanic/Latino females and males.

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.

 

This page was last updated on March 19, 2020.