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Suicide, Table 3

Cost Estimates of Violent Deaths: Figures and Tables

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Footnote: *Total cost estimates have been rounded to the nearest $1,000.
--* Death count is < 20 and cost estimates are not reported because of instability.
† Suicide includes deaths among persons aged 10 years and older because intent can be difficult to determine for those younger than age 10.

Suicide accounted for a majority of the cost of violent deaths (64%) in 2005, with a total combined cost of $26.7 billion. Many more deaths occurred among males, resulting in a large disparity in the cost of suicide by sex; ($21.7 billion for males; $5 billion in total combined cost for females). The average work loss cost was greater for males than females ($833,920 and $746,841, respectively). However, the average medical cost was greater for females than males ($4,075 and $2,791, respectively). Suicide among youth age 10-24 years resulted in a total combined cost of $6 billion.

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