Hispanic Populations

Hispanic or Latino is defined as a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.1 On this web page we use the term Hispanic. In 2019, people of Hispanic origin composed an estimated 18.5% of the U.S. population.2 


 Suicide Rates for Hispanic Populations, United States 2009-2018 


At 7.3 per 100,000, the age-adjusted suicide rate for Hispanic populations in 2019 was just over half the overall U.S. suicide rate of 13.2 per 100,000 in 2019.​3


 Suicide Rates for Hispanic Populations by Age, United States 2009-2018 


Among Hispanic populations, suicide rates remain somewhat steady across the lifespan. This is a different pattern than is seen in the overall U.S. population, where suicide rates peak in midlife.​3


 Suicide Death Rates for Hispanic Populations by Sex, United States 2009-2018 


As in the overall U.S. population, the suicide death rate for men is more than three times the rate for women in Hispanic populations. The suicide death rate for the overall U.S. population is more than double that of non-Hispanic populations for both males and females.3


 Past-Year Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors for Adults in Hispanic Populations, United States 2018 


When Hispanic adults are compared to the overall U.S. population, similar percentages report a past-year serious thoughts of suicide, past-year suicide plan, and a past-year suicide attempt when compared to the overall U.S. population.4


Past-Year Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors for High School Youth in Hispanic Populations, United States 2017


Among high school youth, a smaller percentage of Hispanic youth report seriously considering attempting suicide in the past year and made a suicide plan than the overall U.S. population. The percentage of youth who attempt suicide is similar to the overall U.S. population. However, a slightly higher percentage of Hispanic youth have required treatment after attempting suicide.5



  1. U.S. Census Bureau. (2018). About Hispanic Origin. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/topics/population/hispanic-origin/about.html
  2. U.S. Census Bureau. (2019). QuickFacts. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045219
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. (2020). 1999-2018 Wide Ranging Online Data for Epidemiological Research (WONDER), Multiple Cause of Death files [Data file]. Retrieved from http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html
  4. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2020). 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29394/NSDUHDe...
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. (2021). 1991-2019 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data [Data file]. Retrieved from http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/ ​

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