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Teen deaths by accident, homicide, and suicide in United States

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Deaths from accidents, homicides, and suicides to teens between age 15 and 19 per 100,000 teens in this age group.

The data are reported by the place of residence, not the place where the death occurred. Because population estimates for cities by gender and age are not available, it is not possible to calculate rates and therefore data for cities are limited to just the number of teen deaths. Beginning with data for 1999, causes of death have been reclassified to be consistent with the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) that had been used for 1979 through 1998 data. To facilitate better comparability over time, accident, homicide, and suicide data for 1990 through 1998 were re-tabulated using the new ICD-10 codes. The effect the new classification had on this measure is to remove deaths due to "adverse effects" (such as bad reactions to medication) from the "accident" category and to remove deaths as a result of legal intervention (such as executions) from the "homicide" category.

Data Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).

1999-2022 data: CDC. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) accessed online at

Population Statistics: U.S. Census Bureau.
2001-2022 data: State Characteristics Population Estimates File, accessed online.
2000 data: Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data, Table P14.
1996-1999 data: Intercensal State and County Characteristics Population Estimates File, accessed online.
1990 through 1995 data: Data from Population Division.


S – NCHS reporting standards not met.
N.A. – Data not available.
Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts. Cities for which data is collected may change over time.

Last Updated

April 2024