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National Suicide Statistics at a Glance

Trends in Suicide Rates* Among Males, by Age Group, United States, 1991–2009

Year: 2009 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,946 Rate per 100,000: 29.05Year: 2009 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,946 Rate per 100,000: 29.05Year: 2008 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,844 Rate per 100,000: 29.21Year: 2008 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,844 Rate per 100,000: 29.21Year: 2007 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,569 Rate per 100,000: 28.40Year: 2007 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,569 Rate per 100,000: 28.40Year: 2006 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,462 Rate per 100,000: 28.36Year: 2006 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,462 Rate per 100,000: 28.36Year: 2005 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,550 Rate per 100,000: 29.45Year: 2005 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,550 Rate per 100,000: 29.45Year: 2004 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,397 Rate per 100,000: 28.95Year: 2004 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,397 Rate per 100,000: 28.95Year: 2003 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,453 Rate per 100,000: 29.74Year: 2003 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,453 Rate per 100,000: 29.74Year: 2002 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,695 Rate per 100,000: 31.80Year: 2002 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,695 Rate per 100,000: 31.80Year: 2001 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,589 Rate per 100,000: 31.42Year: 2001 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,589 Rate per 100,000: 31.42Year: 2000 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,477 Rate per 100,000: 31.07Year: 2000 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,477 Rate per 100,000: 31.07Year: 1999 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,600 Rate per 100,000: 32.17Year: 1999 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,600 Rate per 100,000: 32.17Year: 1998 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,847 Rate per 100,000: 34.16Year: 1998 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,847 Rate per 100,000: 34.16Year: 1997 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,749 Rate per 100,000: 33.77Year: 1997 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,749 Rate per 100,000: 33.77Year: 1996 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,893 Rate per 100,000: 35.14Year: 1996 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,893 Rate per 100,000: 35.14Year: 1995 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,973 Rate per 100,000: 36.21Year: 1995 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,973 Rate per 100,000: 36.21Year: 1994 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,929 Rate per 100,000: 36.48Year: 1994 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 4,929 Rate per 100,000: 36.48Year: 1993 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 5,074 Rate per 100,000: 38.13Year: 1993 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 5,074 Rate per 100,000: 38.13Year: 1992 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 5,005 Rate per 100,000: 38.34Year: 1992 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 5,005 Rate per 100,000: 38.34Year: 1991 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 5,139 Rate per 100,000: 40.12Year: 1991 Age Group: 65+yr Number of deaths: 5,139 Rate per 100,000: 40.12Year: 2009 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 20,361 Rate per 100,000: 25.37Year: 2009 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 20,361 Rate per 100,000: 25.37Year: 2008 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 19,889 Rate per 100,000: 25.01Year: 2008 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 19,889 Rate per 100,000: 25.01Year: 2007 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 19,083 Rate per 100,000: 24.22Year: 2007 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 19,083 Rate per 100,000: 24.22Year: 2006 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 18,157 Rate per 100,000: 23.29Year: 2006 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 18,157 Rate per 100,000: 23.29Year: 2005 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 17,648 Rate per 100,000: 22.92Year: 2005 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 17,648 Rate per 100,000: 22.92Year: 2004 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 17,375 Rate per 100,000: 22.83Year: 2004 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 17,375 Rate per 100,000: 22.83Year: 2003 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 17,168 Rate per 100,000: 22.82Year: 2003 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 17,168 Rate per 100,000: 22.82Year: 2002 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 17,073 Rate per 100,000: 22.91Year: 2002 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 17,073 Rate per 100,000: 22.91Year: 2001 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 16,446 Rate per 100,000: 22.31Year: 2001 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 16,446 Rate per 100,000: 22.31Year: 2000 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,466 Rate per 100,000: 21.27Year: 2000 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,466 Rate per 100,000: 21.27Year: 1999 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,322 Rate per 100,000: 21.28Year: 1999 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,322 Rate per 100,000: 21.28Year: 1998 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,901 Rate per 100,000: 22.39Year: 1998 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,901 Rate per 100,000: 22.39Year: 1997 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,935 Rate per 100,000: 22.75Year: 1997 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,935 Rate per 100,000: 22.75Year: 1996 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 16,138 Rate per 100,000: 23.39Year: 1996 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 16,138 Rate per 100,000: 23.39Year: 1995 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,993 Rate per 100,000: 23.56Year: 1995 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,993 Rate per 100,000: 23.56Year: 1994 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,692 Rate per 100,000: 23.49Year: 1994 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,692 Rate per 100,000: 23.49Year: 1993 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,566 Rate per 100,000: 23.66Year: 1993 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,566 Rate per 100,000: 23.66Year: 1992 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,167 Rate per 100,000: 23.41Year: 1992 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,167 Rate per 100,000: 23.41Year: 1991 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,332 Rate per 100,000: 24.08Year: 1991 Age Group: 25-64yr Number of deaths: 15,332 Rate per 100,000: 24.08Year: 2009 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,766 Rate per 100,000: 11.45Year: 2009 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,766 Rate per 100,000: 11.45Year: 2008 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,709 Rate per 100,000: 11.29Year: 2008 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,709 Rate per 100,000: 11.29Year: 2007 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,609 Rate per 100,000: 11.00Year: 2007 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,609 Rate per 100,000: 11.00Year: 2006 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,679 Rate per 100,000: 11.22Year: 2006 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,679 Rate per 100,000: 11.22Year: 2005 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,700 Rate per 100,000: 11.33Year: 2005 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,700 Rate per 100,000: 11.33Year: 2004 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,781 Rate per 100,000: 11.64Year: 2004 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,781 Rate per 100,000: 11.64Year: 2003 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,569 Rate per 100,000: 11.09Year: 2003 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,569 Rate per 100,000: 11.09Year: 2002 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,628 Rate per 100,000: 11.39Year: 2002 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,628 Rate per 100,000: 11.39Year: 2001 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,616 Rate per 100,000: 11.53Year: 2001 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,616 Rate per 100,000: 11.53Year: 2000 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,662 Rate per 100,000: 11.97Year: 2000 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,662 Rate per 100,000: 11.97Year: 1999 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,518 Rate per 100,000: 11.66Year: 1999 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,518 Rate per 100,000: 11.66Year: 1998 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,766 Rate per 100,000: 12.71Year: 1998 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,766 Rate per 100,000: 12.71Year: 1997 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,789 Rate per 100,000: 13.00Year: 1997 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,789 Rate per 100,000: 13.00Year: 1996 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,946 Rate per 100,000: 13.71Year: 1996 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 3,946 Rate per 100,000: 13.71Year: 1995 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,385 Rate per 100,000: 15.33Year: 1995 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,385 Rate per 100,000: 15.33Year: 1994 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,532 Rate per 100,000: 15.95Year: 1994 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,532 Rate per 100,000: 15.95Year: 1993 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,349 Rate per 100,000: 15.40Year: 1993 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,349 Rate per 100,000: 15.40Year: 1992 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,268 Rate per 100,000: 15.26Year: 1992 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,268 Rate per 100,000: 15.26Year: 1991 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,280 Rate per 100,000: 15.43Year: 1991 Age Group: 10-24yr Number of deaths: 4,280 Rate per 100,000: 15.43

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From 1991 to 2009, suicide rates were consistently higher among males 65 years and older compared to the younger age groups. The suicide rates in males 65 and older declined from 40.12 suicides per 100,000 in 1991 to 29.05 suicides per 100,000 in 2009. Similarly, suicide rates declined among males ages 10 to 24 years from 15.43 suicides per 100,000 in 1991 to 11.45 suicides per 100,000 in 2009. Suicide rates in males 25 to 64 years declined from 24.08 suicides per 100,000 in 1991 to 21.27 suicides per 100,000 in 2000, but subsequently increased to 25.37 suicides per 100,000 in 2009.

Footnote: *All rates are age specific. Rates based on less than 20 deaths are statistically unreliable.

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