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Death Rates Due to Suicide and Homicide Among Persons Aged 10–24: United States, 2000–2017

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Author(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

  • Sally C. Curtin, M.A.
  • Melonie Heron, Ph.D.

Published: October 2019

Report Intro/Brief:
“Deaths due to suicide and homicide, often referred to collectively as violent deaths, have consistently been a major cause of premature death to persons aged 10–24 in the United States. In 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death for persons aged 10–14, 15–19, and 20–24, and homicide ranked third for persons aged 15–19 and 20–24 and fifth for persons aged 10–14. This report presents trends for 2000–2017 in suicide and homicide death rates for all persons aged 10–24 and for age groups 10–14, 15–19, and 20–24.

Key Findings

  • After stable trends from 2000 to 2007, suicide rates for persons aged 10–24 increased from 2007 (6.8 per 100,000 persons) to 2017 (10.6), while homicide rates declined from 2007 to 2014 and then increased through 2017.
  • The suicide rate for persons aged 10–14 declined from 2000 (1.5) to 2007 (0.9), and then nearly tripled from 2007 to 2017 (2.5), while the homicide rate declined 18% from 2000 (1.1) to 2017 (0.9).
  • For persons aged 15–19 and 20–24, suicide and homicide death rates both increased more recently during the 2000–2017 period, with the increase in suicide rates beginning earlier than for homicide rates.
  • For the total age group 10–24 and for persons aged 15–19 and 20–24, suicide rates surpassed homicide rates during the latter part of the 2000–2017 period.”

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