QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates* of Firearm-Related Suicide,† by Race, Hispanic Origin, and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2019
Weekly / October 15, 2021 / 70(41);1455
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* Deaths per 100,000 population are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population, with 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars. In 2019, the age-adjusted rate of firearm-related suicide was 12.3 per 100,000 population for males and 1.8 for females.
† Firearm-related suicide deaths were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision underlying cause-of-death codes X72–X74.
In 2019, among males, non-Hispanic White males had the highest age-adjusted rate of firearm-related suicide at 15.8 per 100,000 population, followed by non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaskan Native males (11.2), non-Hispanic Black males (6.9), Hispanic males (4.6), and non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander males (3.2). Among females, non-Hispanic White and non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaskan Native females had the highest rates (2.6 and 2.2, respectively), followed by non-Hispanic Black females (0.8), Hispanic females (0.6), and non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander females (0.4). Males had higher rates than females across all race and Hispanic origin groups.
Source: National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Data, 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/deaths.htm
Reported by: Matthew F. Garnett, MPH, Mgarnett@cdc.gov, 301-458-4077; Merianne R. Spencer, MPH; Holly Hedegaard, MD.
For more information about this topic, CDC recommends the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/suicide/index.html.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates of Firearm-Related Suicide, by Race, Hispanic Origin, and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2019. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:1455. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7041a5external icon.
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