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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: In which States do juvenile suicide victims outnumber juvenile homicide victims?
A: Between 1990 and 2010, juvenile suicide victims outnumbered juvenile homicide victims in 27 states.

Juvenile (ages 7-17) suicide rates by State, 1990-2010

State Suicide rate* Suicide/Homicide ratio

United States 24.9 0.8
Alabama 26.0 0.7
Alaska 84.3 2.6
Arizona 37.1 1.0
Arkansas 34.0 1.0

California 17.4 0.4
Colorado 43.0 2.1
Connecticut 17.6 0.8
Delaware 21.1 1.1
District of Columbia 15.4 0.0

Florida 20.2 0.7
Georgia 22.2 0.7
Hawaii 21.5
Idaho 54.0 5.5
Illinois 19.4 0.3

Indiana 26.9 1.0
Iowa 32.0 3.3
Kansas 33.6 1.4
Kentucky 26.3 1.6
Louisiana 28.8 0.5

Maine 30.7 5.0
Maryland 19.2 0.4
Massachusetts 14.6 0.8
Michigan 25.6 0.7
Minnesota 31.5 2.3

Mississippi 27.4 0.7
Missouri 28.2 0.7
Montana 61.9 3.6
Nebraska 37.3 1.9
Nevada 33.9 1.0

New Hampshire 28.9
New Jersey 11.9 0.6
New Mexico 57.1 1.5
New York 14.4 0.5
North Carolina 25.7 0.9

North Dakota 57.3
Ohio 24.7 1.2
Oklahoma 34.6 1.1
Oregon 31.1 2.1
Pennsylvania 23.4 0.9

Rhode Island 15.2 0.8
South Carolina 23.8 0.8
South Dakota 67.6 7.2
Tennessee 26.7 0.9
Texas 27.3 0.8

Utah 45.6 3.8
Vermont 26.8
Virginia 25.3 1.0
Washington 25.9 1.2
West Virginia 29.1 1.7
Wisconsin 32.0 1.5
Wyoming 64.7 3.8

Notes: *The suicide rate is the average annual number of suicides of youth ages 717 divided by the average annual population of youth ages 717 (in millions). The suicide/homicide ratio is the total number of suicides of youth ages 717 divided by the total number of homicides of youth ages 717. A ratio of more than 1.0 indicates that the number of suicides was greater than the number of homicides.

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  • Juveniles (ages 7-17) in South Dakota were more than eight times as likely to be a victim of suicide than to be a victim of homicide between 1990 and 2010; juveniles in the District of Columbia were 21 times as likely to be a victim of homicide than to be a victim of suicide over the same time period.
  • Suicide rates varied largely by State between 1990 and 2010. The suicide rate was highest in Alaska (84.3 suicides per million persons ages 7-17) and lowest in New Jersey (11.9 suicides per million persons ages 7-17).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02704.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on August 05, 2013.

Data source: Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC. (2013). WISQARS (Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) [interactive database system]. Online. Available: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html

 

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