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QuickStats: Suicide and Homicide Rates,* by Age Group — United States, 2009

The figure shows suicide and homicide rates, by age group, in the United States, during 2009. In 2009, the age-adjusted suicide rate for the total population (11.8 per 100,000 population) was approximately twice as high as the age-adjusted homicide rate (5.5). Persons aged 18-24 years had the highest rate of homicide in 2009, whereas persons aged 45-54 years had the highest rate of suicide. The suicide rate was higher than the homicide rate among those aged ≥25 years, and this difference increased with age. For persons aged 25-44 years, the rate of suicide was nearly twice the rate of homicide, whereas for those aged ≥65 years, the rate of suicide was nearly seven times the homicide rate.

* Per 100,000 population in age group. Suicides are coded as *U03, X60–X84, and Y87.0, and homicides are coded as *U01–*U02, X85–Y09, and Y87.1 according to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision.

95% confidence interval.

§ Suicide data for persons aged 0–9 years are suppressed based on a child's inability to form and understand suicidal intent and consequences.

In 2009, the age-adjusted suicide rate for the total population (11.8 per 100,000 population) was approximately twice as high as the age-adjusted homicide rate (5.5). Persons aged 18–24 years had the highest rate of homicide in 2009, whereas persons aged 45–54 years had the highest rate of suicide. The suicide rate was higher than the homicide rate among those aged ≥25 years, and this difference increased with age. For persons aged 25–44 years, the rate of suicide was nearly twice the rate of homicide, whereas for those aged ≥65 years, the rate of suicide was nearly seven times the homicide rate.

Sources: National Vital Statistics System mortality data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm.

US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Healthy people 2020. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2012. Available at http://www.healthypeople.gov.

Reported by: Kimberly Hurvitz, MHS, ifo7@cdc.gov, 301-458-4756; Deepthi Kandi.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows suicide and homicide rates, by age group, in the United States, during 2009. In 2009, the age-adjusted suicide rate for the total population (11.8 per 100,000 population) was approximately twice as high as the age-adjusted homicide rate (5.5). Persons aged 18-24 years had the highest rate of homicide in 2009, whereas persons aged 45-54 years had the highest rate of suicide. The suicide rate was higher than the homicide rate among those aged ≥25 years, and this difference increased with age. For persons aged 25-44 years, the rate of suicide was nearly twice the rate of homicide, whereas for those aged ≥65 years, the rate of suicide was nearly seven times the homicide rate.


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