Suicide Deaths in the United States


Suicides consistently outnumber homicides. The homicide rate has not consistently shown the upward trend that we see with the suicide rate.



From 2008 to 2017 the age-adjusted suicide death rate increased from 11.6 to 14 per 100,000. Among males the increase was from 19 to 22.4 per 100,000. Among females the rate increased from 4.8 in 2008 to 6.1 in 2017.



Suicide rates are generally highest in Alaska and in the western and northwestern United States, with the exception of southern California and parts of Washington. Rural counties generally have higher rates of suicide than urban counties.

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