Death rate for suicide in the U.S. 1950-2017

According to the latest available data, there were around 14 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in the United States in 2017. 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 2018, there were around 443,000 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 2018, there were 254,000 such hospitalizations among women and 188,000 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.

Deaths by suicide per 100,000 resident population in the U.S. from 1950 to 2017

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

1950 to 2017

Age group

all ages

Supplementary notes

Underlying cause of death code numbers are based on the applicable revision of the ICD for data years shown.
All rates are age-adjusted. Age-adjusted rates are calculated using the year 2000 standard population. Prior to 2003, age-adjusted rates were calculated using standard million proportions based on rounded population numbers. Starting with 2003 data, unrounded population numbers are used to calculate age-adjusted rates.
Values not included in the pdf version of the report were taken from the Health, United States, trend tables.

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