Monday, November 25, 2013

United States Suicide Statistics

The follow statistics are 2010 United States Suicide Statistics:

Number of Suicides       Number Per Day
Nation              38,364                             105.1
Males                30,277                              83.0
Females              8,087                              22.2

Whites              34,690                              95.0
Nonwhites          3,674                              10.1 
      Blacks           2,144                               5.9 

Elderly (65+)       5,994                            16.4
Ages 15-24          4,600                             12.6

• An average of 1 person every 13.7 minutes died by suicide in 2010
• An average of 1 elderly person every 1 hour and 28 minutes died by suicide in 2010
• An average of 1 person aged 15-24 every 1 hour and 54 minutes died by suicide in 2010. Suicide is   the 3rd leading cause of death for this age group in the U.S.

• Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in U.S. Homicide ranks 16th.
• There are 3.7 male deaths by suicide for each female death by suicide. There are 3 female attempts for each male attempt.

What this means is males are more likely to be successful than females. The reason for this is the means used. For example, males are more likely to use a firearm than females and therefore are more successful on average.

• There are an estimated 959,100 non-fatal annual attempts in U.S. There are approximately 25 attempts for every death by suicide.

All of this data was obtained directly from American Association of Suicidology, with the exception of the blurb in italics which came from my own personal knowledge of the subject.

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