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Death rate for suicide in the U.S. 1950-2016

Deaths by suicide per 100,000 resident population in the U.S. from 1950 to 2016

by John Elflein, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Death rate for suicide in the U.S. 1950-2016 According to the latest available data, there were around 13.5 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in the United States in 2016. Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. highlighting the need for awareness and prevention. The suicide rate in the U.S. has risen for both men and women in recent years but remains over three times as high for men.

In 2017, there were around 547,000 adults hospitalized in the U.S. after a suicide attempt. Although the suicide rate among men is significantly higher than among women, there are more hospitalizations after suicide attempts for women than for men. In 2017, there were 322,000 such hospitalizations among women and 225,000 hospitalizations among men.

Public opinion

Suicide can be a divisive topic that involves religious and political views. Recent data shows that 75 percent of the U.S. population believes suicide is morally wrong, while 20 percent believe it to be morally acceptable. However, only 32 percent of adults believe it is “very important” to invest public dollars in the prevention of suicide.
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Deaths by suicide per 100,000 resident population in the U.S. from 1950 to 2016

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