Death rate for suicide in the U.S. 1950-2017, by gender

This statistic shows the death rate for suicide in the United States from 1950 to 2017, by gender. In 2017, there were 22.4 male and 6.1 female deaths by suicide per 100,000 resident population in the United States.

Suicide rates - additional information

From 1950 to 2017 the death rate from suicide for males was consistently higher than that of females. In total, the death rate from suicide in the U.S. since 1950 has fluctuated throughout the years, but remains virtually unchanged. In 1950, the overall death rate for suicide per 100,000 residents was 13.2 and in 2017 was reported to be 14. More specifically, the state of Montana had the highest suicide rate in the U.S. in 2017 with 29 suicides per 100,000 residents. Montana was followed by Alaska with 27 and Wyoming with 26.7. According to figures from the year 2016, those aged 45 to 64 were the most likely age group to die by suicide. Statistics concerning the death rate from suicide in the U.S. by age show that those 45 to 64 years of age experienced a rate of 19.6 deaths by suicide per 100,000 residents in 2017. The rate for those 65 years and over during this time was found to be 16.8 and those 25 to 44 years of age saw a rate of 17.7.

Deaths by suicide per 100,000 resident population in the United States from 1950 to 2017, by gender

Male Female
201722.46.1
201621.46
201521.16
201420.75.8
201320.35.5
201220.45.4
2011205.2
201019.85
200919.24.9
2008194.8
200718.54.6
200618.14.5
200518.14.4
200418.14.5
200318.14.2
200218.54.2
200118.24.2
200017.74.1
199520.34.3
199021.54.8
198019.95.7
197019.87.4
1960205.6
195021.25.6
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Sources

Release date

October 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1950 to 2017

Age group

all ages

Supplementary notes

Underlying cause of death code numbers are based on the applicable revision of the ICD for data years shown
All rates are age-adjusted.Age-adjusted rates are calculated using the year 2000 standard population. Prior to 2001, age-adjusted rates were calculated using standard million proportions based on rounded population numbers. Starting with 2001 data, unrounded population numbers are used to calculate age-adjusted rates.
Values not included in the pdf version of the report were taken from the Health, United States, trend tables.

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