The suicide rate — the number of suicide deaths per 100,000 people — has been rising in the United States since 2000, when it fell to a historic low of 10.4. The rate reached 14.5 per 100,000 in 2017, the highest since the early 1940s. Suicides peaked during the Great Depression, at 21.9 per 100,000 people in 1932. Data through 2007 is age-adjusted to make comparisons fairer between groups with different age distributions, such as population clusters with higher percentages of elderly people versus those with younger populations.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Suicide deaths per 100,000 population
1900 13.1
1901 13.3
1902 13.5
1903 14.3
1904 15.4
1905 17.5
1906 16.4
1907 18.2
1908 21.1
1909 20.0
1910 19.4
1911 20.0
1912 19.7
1913 19.2
1914 20.1
1915 20.5
1916 17.8
1917 16.7
1918 15.7
1919 15.1
1920 13.4
1921 16.3
1922 15.6
1923 15.3
1924 15.7
1925 15.8
1926 16.6
1927 17.2
1928 17.7
1929 18.0
1930 19.9
1931 21.4
1932 21.9
1933 20.1
1934 18.4
1935 17.5
1936 17.3
1937 17.9
1938 18.1
1939 16.7
1940 16.8
1941 15.0
1942 14.0
1943 12.0
1944 11.5
1945 12.7
1946 13.2
1947 13.4
1948 13.0
1949 13.2
1950 13.2
1951 12.0
1952 11.6
1953 11.7
1954 11.7
1955 11.8
1956 11.6
1957 11.4
1958 12.4
1959 12.3
1960 12.5
1961 12.2
1962 12.8
1963 13.0
1964 12.7
1965 13.0
1966 12.7
1967 12.5
1968 12.4
1969 12.7
1970 13.1
1971 13.1
1972 13.3
1973 13.1
1974 13.2
1975 13.6
1976 13.2
1977 13.7
1978 12.9
1979 12.6
1980 12.2
1981 12.3
1982 12.5
1983 12.4
1984 12.6
1985 12.5
1986 13.0
1987 12.8
1988 12.5
1989 12.3
1990 12.5
1991 12.3
1992 12.1
1993 12.2
1994 12.1
1995 12.0
1996 11.7
1997 11.4
1998 11.3
1999 10.5
2000 10.4
2001 10.7
2002 10.9
2003 10.8
2004 10.9
2005 10.9
2006 10.9
2007 11.3
2008 11.9
2009 12.0
2010 12.4
2011 12.7
2012 12.9
2013 13.0
2014 13.4
2015 13.7
2016 13.9
2017 14.5

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