National Suicide Statistics at a Glance
Trends in Suicide Rates* Among Females Ages 25–64 Years, by Age Group, United States, 1991–2009
From 1991 to 2009, suicide rates were consistently higher among females ages 45 to 54 years compared to the other age groups. Since 1999, the rate in this age group has risen 41.7%, from 6.59 per 100,000 in 1999 to 9.34 per 100,000 in 2009. In the same time period, the rate among females ages 55 to 64 years has risen 42.3%, from 5.18 to 7.37 per 100,000. In comparison, suicide rates among females ages 25 to 34 years and 35 to 44 years increased only 10.9% and 15.5% since 1999, respectively. Though the overall suicide rates were lower in females compared to males, females experienced a greater percentage increase in all age groups between 1999 and 2009.
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Footnote: *All rates are age specific. Rates based on less than 20 deaths are statistically unreliable.