Suicide Statistics

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States; the 2nd for young people (ages 15-24).

  • An average of 1 person every 11.1 minutes kills themselves in the U.S.
  • There are 3.5 male deaths by suicide for every female death by suicide.
  • Middle aged, White men (ages 45-64) are at the greatest risk for suicide.
  • Firearms are the most commonly used method for suicide.
  • Iowa’s suicide rate of 15.2 deaths per 100,000 people is higher than the national rate of 14.5.

Suicide Rates among Group in the U.S. (rates are per 100,000 people)

  • The suicide rate for Whites is 16.5
  • The suicide rate for Native Americans/Alaska Natives is 13.6
  • The suicide rate for Blacks/African Americans is 6.7
  • The suicide rate for Hispanic/Latinos is 6.7
  • LGBQ young people are four times as likely to attempt suicide compared to heterosexual youth.
  • A third of transgender youth have seriously considered suicide, and one in five has made a suicide attempt.
  • According to the U.S. Transgender Survey, 40 percent of transgender adults have attempted suicide during their lifetime, compared to less than five percent of the US population as a whole.

Suicide Attempts

  • Someone makes a suicide attempt every 27 seconds in the United States
  • There are 25 attempts for every death by suicide for the nation.
  • There are 3 female attempts for each male attempt.
  • Youth attempt at a rate of 100-200 times for every completed suicide.
  • Older adults attempt at a rate of 4 times for every completed suicide.

Suicide Loss Survivors (those who intimately knew someone who died by suicide)

  • If each suicide has devastating effects and intimately affects more than 6 other people, there are over 283,000 loss survivors a year.
  • For each death by suicide, 147 people are exposed (they knew or were acquainted with the person who took their life)