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Number of suicides in selected countries by gender 2017

South Korea currently has the highest overall suicide rate of any country worldwide. The suicide rate among women in South Korea is significantly higher than that of women in any other country. Nevertheless, suicide is commonly more prevalent among men than women.

Suicide in the U.S.

The suicide rate in the United States has risen since the year 2000. As of 2017, there were around 14 deaths from suicide per 100,000 population. The suicide rate among men in the U.S. is around 3.5 times what it is for females, a considerable and troubling difference. The suicide rate among men increases with age, with the highest rates found among men aged 65 years and older.

Adolescent suicide

Adolescent suicide is always a serious and difficult topic. A recent survey found that around 17 percent of high school students in the United States had seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. This rate was higher among female high school students than among males. On average there are almost nine suicide deaths among adolescents per 100,000. The states with the highest rates of adolescent suicide include Alaska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana.

Suicide rates in selected countries as of 2017, by gender

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

as of 2017

Supplementary notes

Data from 2017 or latest year available. All rates are age-standardized.
* Three-year average.

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