U.S. adult males had significantly higher suicide rates than females in 2017. Moreover, the rate among males continued to rise as they moved toward retirement age, whereas the rate among older females declined.

Source: “Suicide,” National Institute of Mental Health, 2017, Fig. 2, http://tinyurl.com/y6p827qf

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Female Age Female Suicide Rate Male Age Male Suicide Rate
Age 65+ 5.0 Age 65+ 31.0
Ages 55 to 64 8.0 Ages 55 to 64 29.0
Ages 45 to 54 10.0 Ages 45 to 54 30.0
Ages 35 to 44 8.0 Ages 35 to 44 27.0
Ages 25 to 34 7.0 Ages 25 to 34 27.0
Ages 15 to 24 5.0 Ages 15 to 24 22.0
Ages 10 to 14 1.0 Ages 10 to 14 3.0

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