QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Suicide* Rates, by Urbanization Level§ and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, 2020

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The figure is a bar chart indicating age-adjusted suicide rates, by urbanization level and sex, during 2020 according to the National Vital Statistics System.

* Suicides were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision underlying cause-of-death codes U03, X60–X84, and Y87.0.

Age-adjusted suicide rates are per 100,000 standard population; 95% CIs are indicated by error bars.

§ Urbanization level is based on county of residence using the National Center for Health Statistics Urban-Rural Classification Scheme for Counties. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_02/sr02_166.pdf

In 2020, age-adjusted suicide rates among females increased as the level of urbanization declined, from 4.6 per 100,000 population in large central metropolitan areas to 7.1 in small metropolitan areas, but were similar for small metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas. Rates among males were lowest in large central areas (16.9) and increased as the level of urbanization declined to 33.7 in noncore areas. Males had higher death rates than females for each corresponding urbanization level.

Source: National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Data, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/deaths.htm

Reported by: Matthew F. Garnett, MPH, Mgarnett@cdc.gov, 301-458-4383; Merianne R. Spencer, MPH.

For more information on this topic, CDC recommends the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/suicide

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Suicide Rates, by Urbanization Level and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2022;71:1159. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7136a4.

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