Grim statistics from the state: "The Alaska Violent Death Reporting System 2003-2008 Summary report provides a detailed summary of six years of data concerning all types of violent deaths collected by the Alaska Violent Death Reporting System."
- In 2003-2008, there were 1347 violent deaths in Alaska, accounting for 7% of all deaths in Alaska and a combined rate of 33.7 violent deaths per 100,000 persons.
- Suicide accounted for the highest rate of violent death (21.7 per 100,000 persons), followed by the combined rates for homicide/legal intervention (6.4 per 100,000 persons) and undetermined intent and unintentional firearm deaths (5.5 per 100,000 persons, respectively).
- Highest rates by age group were found among children aged <1 yearand adults aged 20-29 years (84.0 and 59.9 per 100,000 persons, respectively).
View the entire report for the gory breakdown. Also available, a new report on deaths from firearms: "From 2003–2008, firearm injury hospitalizations and deaths disproportionately affected males, Blacks, AI/AN people, and people living in the Northern and Southwest regions. Firearm injury death rates by intent were consistently highest for suicide, but this was not the case for hospitalization rates. A plausible explanation for this difference is that suicide attempts with a firearm are almost always fatal."