11.3 per 100,000, or 30,575 Americans, completed suicide in 1998.
More people die from suicide than from homicide. In 1998, there were 1.7 times as many suicides as homicides.
Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for all Americans.
Males are four times more likely to die from suicide than females, but females are more likely to attempt suicide than males.
In 1998, white males accounted for 73 percent of all suicides. Together, white males and white females accounted for more than 90 percent of all suicides.
Between 1979 and 1992, suicide rates for Native Americans were 1.5 times the national average. Native American males ages 15 to 24 accounted for 64 percent of these suicides.
Three out of five suicides were completed with a firearm in 1998.
Suicide rates are highest among Americans aged 65 years and older. In 1998, men accounted for 83 percent of these suicides.
In 1998, people younger than 25 accounted for 15 percent of all suicides.
From 1952 to 1995, the suicide rate among adolescents and young adults nearly tripled.
From 1980 to 1997, the suicide rate among those ages 15 to 19 increased by 11 percent, and among youngsters 10 to 14 by 109 percent.
From 1980 to 1996, the suicide rate for African-American males ages 15 to 19 increased 105 percent.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, after unintentional injury and homicide.
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.