Urban–rural Differences in Suicide Rates, by Sex and Three Leading Methods: United States, 2000–2018
NCHS Data Brief No. 373, August 2020
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- Key findings
- From 2000 through 2018, rural suicide rates were higher than urban suicide rates, and the difference increased over the period.
- For both males and females, the difference in suicide rates between rural and urban areas widened over the 2000 through 2018 period.
- For males, rural firearm-related suicides rates remained higher than urban rates over the 2000 through 2018 period, while suffocation-related suicide rates increased the most in both urban and rural areas.
- For females, rural firearm-related suicide rates remained higher than urban rates over the 2000 through 2018 period, while suffocation rates in rural areas experienced the highest rate of increase.
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