Firearm Homicide Trends
Firearm homicide rates are at record high levels. Firearm homicides have a devastating impact on the safety and well-being of Americans. These deaths are preventable. CDC has released a series of prevention resources to help communities prevent violence using the best available evidence.
The figures below show the firearm homicide rates and average daily numbers of firearm homicides by month and year. The figures include provisional and final data. Provisional data are preliminary data that may not yet be complete. These data are subject to change as information continues to be collected and analyzed – as such, they are estimates that may differ from the final count. Provisional data are not final and must always be used with the understanding that numbers and information may change as the data becomes more complete. Final (annual) data are released only after CDC has received all death records from the states and has fully reviewed the data for completeness and quality.
This page is updated monthly as new provisional data are released. It represents the most up-to-date data available from CDC’s National Vital Statistics System (NVSS). The graphs and tables present final and provisional rates and the average daily number of firearm homicides.
National provisional counts include deaths happening within the 50 states and the District of Columbia that have been received and classified by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The counts may not include all deaths during a given period. Rates might also shift slightly as revised at-risk population estimates are incorporated.
Provisional firearm death data might initially be displayed after an eight-month lag to ensure a high level of completeness. For example, provisional data for January of a given year would be initially displayed in September of that same year. Provisional data are periodically updated until marked as final. Partial data refers to provisional death data that are not complete for an entire calendar year.
More information on provisional data is available through CDC WONDER.