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Suicide Death Rate per 100,000 Population, By County

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Data Source: Rhode Island Violent Death Reporting System (RIVDRS), 2015-2019.

Notes: Data include suicide deaths that occurred in Rhode Island among Rhode Island residents. In compliance with RIDOH’s Small Number Reporting Policy, counts of less than five are not shown. Any use of counts to calculate rates and proportions is subject to RIDOH’s Small Number Reporting Policy available at: health.ri.gov/publications/policies/smallnumbersreporting.pdf

Percentage of Suicide Deaths Compared to Percentage of Rhode Island Population By County

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Data Source: Rhode Island Violent Death Reporting System (RIVDRS), 2015-2019.

Notes: Data include suicide deaths that occurred in Rhode Island among Rhode Island residents. In compliance with RIDOH’s Small Number Reporting Policy, counts of less than five are not shown. Any use of counts to calculate rates and proportions is subject to RIDOH’s Small Number Reporting Policy available at: health.ri.gov/publications/policies/smallnumbersreporting.pdf

Discussion

In general, the proportion of suicide deaths reported by county of residence was consistent with the distribution of the Rhode Island population (Source: 2010 Census). This means that there are no places in Rhode Island where there are significantly more suicides than we would expect to see, based on the percent of the population that lives there.
Most people in Rhode Island live in Providence County, and the percent of suicides is highest there. However, the rate per 100,000 is similar across all Rhode Island counties.

Tips for understanding the data on this page

It’s helpful to understand what some of the data terms mean. Here is information about percentages and rates.

Percentages tell us how many people have died by suicide compared to the whole group of people. For instance: when we look at the percentages of people who have died by age, the graph shows us out of all the suicide deaths in the state, how many deaths were among people under 24 and over 65.

Rates tell us how many people have died by suicide compared to a larger group, taking into account the population size of that group. For instance: when we look at race/ethnicity by rates, we can see that Black, non-Hispanic Rhode Islanders have a higher rate of death from suicide than you might assume based on the percent of suicide deaths in 2015-2019 that were amongst Black, non-Hispanic Rhode Islanders. This is because we have adjusted for the smaller population of Black, non-Hispanic Rhode Islanders in the state.