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National Suicide Statistics at a Glance

Suicide Rates* Among Persons Ages 65 Years and Older, by Race/Ethnicity and Sex, United States, 2005–2009

Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Sex: Males Number of deaths: 362 Rate per 100,000: 13.15Race/Ethnicity: Asian/PI** Sex: Females Number of deaths: 218 Rate per 100,000: 6.01Race/Ethnicity: AI/AK Native** Sex: Males Number of deaths: 50 Rate per 100,000: 12.85Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Sex: Males Number of deaths: 792 Rate per 100,000: 15.39Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic Sex: Females Number of deaths: 127 Rate per 100,000: 1.81Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Sex: Males Number of deaths: 619 Rate per 100,000: 9.93Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic Black Sex: Females Number of deaths: 100 Rate per 100,000: 1.02Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Sex: Males Number of deaths: 21,477 Rate per 100,000: 32.37Race/Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic White Sex: Females Number of deaths: 3,900 Rate per 100,000: 4.42
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During 2005–2009, the highest suicide rates for males ages 65 and older were among the Non-Hispanic Whites with 32.37 suicides per 100,000 and the highest rates for females ages 65 and older were among the Asian/Pacific Islanders with 6.01 suicides per 100,000.

Footnote: *All rates are age specific. Rates based on less than 20 deaths are not shown as they are statistically unreliable. ** AI/AK Native: American Indian/Alaskan Native, PI: Pacific Islander

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