White Populations

White and Caucasian are terms used to describe people who are descended from any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.1 These terms can include people from many different ethnic backgrounds. Most national health data sources use the term White and typically separate out Hispanics. On this web page we use the term White, and the data do not include people of Hispanic ethnicity. In 2018, White populations comprised an estimated 60.4% of the U.S. population.2


 

 Suicide Rates for White Populations, United States 2009-2018 

 

At 18.0 per 100,000, the age-adjusted suicide rate for White populations in 2018 was higher than the overall U.S. suicide rate of 14.2 per 100,000.​3

 

Suicide Rates for White Populations by Age, United States 2009-2018 

 

The pattern of suicide death rates among White populations and the suicide death rate of the overall U.S. population is similar across the lifespan, peaking in midlife. The suicide death rate for White populations is higher than the overall U.S. population across the lifespan.​3

 

 Suicide Death Rates for White Populations by Sex, United States 2009-2018 

 

As in the overall U.S. population, the suicide death rate for men is more than three times the rate for women in White populations. The suicide death rate for White populations is higher than that of the overall U.S. population for both males and females.​3

 

 Past-Year Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors for Adults in White Populations, United States 2018 

 

Compared to the overall U.S. population, similar percentages of white adults reported past-year serious thoughts of suicide, a past-year suicide plan, and a past-year suicide attempt.​4

 

 Past-Year Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors for High School Youth in White Populations, United States 2017

 

Among high school youth, a smaller percentage of White youth report making a suicide plan, attempting suicide, or making a suicide attempt that required treatment in the past year when compared to the overall U.S. population. White youth are similar to the overall U.S. population in the percentage who seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year.5

 

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau. (2018). About Race. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/topics/population/race/about.html
  2. U.S. Census Bureau. (2018). Quick facts. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/RHI225218
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. (2020). 1999-2018 Wide Ranging Online Data for Epidemiological Research (WONDER), Multiple Cause of Death files [Data file]. Retrieved from http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html
  4. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2019). 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2018-nsduh-detailed-tables
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. (2017). 1991-2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data [Data file]. Retrieved from http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/ ​

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