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West Virginia
27.5%
Kentucky
27%
Vermont
25.4%
Tennessee
25.2%
Arkansas
24.6%
Oregon
24.6%
Louisiana
24.5%
Oklahoma
24.4%
Utah
24.4%
Indiana
24.2%
Maine
23.6%
New Hampshire
23.4%
Washington
23.4%
Rhode Island
23.3%
Missouri
22.8%
Montana
22.8%
Idaho
22.6%
Michigan
22.6%
Alabama
22.4%
Ohio
22%
North Carolina
21.3%
Wyoming
21%
Kansas
20.6%
District of Columbia
20.5%
Minnesota
20.5%
Colorado
20.4%
Wisconsin
20.4%
Mississippi
20%
New Mexico
19.8%
South Carolina
19.8%
Alaska
19.7%
Virginia
19.6%
North Dakota
19.5%
Pennsylvania
19.1%
Massachusetts
18.6%
Texas
18.6%
Connecticut
18%
Georgia
17.7%
Iowa
17.7%
Arizona
17.5%
Nebraska
17.5%
New Jersey
17.5%
Illinois
17%
Nevada
17%
New York
17%
Maryland
16.6%
South Dakota
16.5%
Delaware
16.4%
California
15.2%
Hawaii
11.1%

Most Depressed States 2024

Most Depressed States 2024

Major depressive disorder, or depression, is a mental health disorder that negatively impacts how a person thinks, feels, and acts. Depression can lead to a variety of mental, emotional, and physical problems and decrease a person’s ability to function or perform every day activities at home or work. Depression is a common disorder.

Symptoms of major depressive disorder include: a depressed mood or feelings of sadness; loss of interest in activities once enjoyed; suicidal thoughts; sleeping too much or trouble sleeping; feeling worthless or guilty; social withdrawal; significant changes in appetite; signifiant changes in weight (either loss or gain); slowed movements and speech; difficulty concentrating or thinking; and increasingly engaging in purposeless, repetitive tasks like pacing.

Depression can affect anyone, especially those with risk factors. Risk factors include: genetics (depression can run in families); biochemistry (chemical composition in then brain); personality (people who are easily overwhelmed, are pessimistic, or have low-self-esteem are more likely to be depressed); and environmental factors (violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty, can increase vulnerability to depression). Although depression is common, it is fortunately one of the most treatable mental disorders. About 80-90% of depression patients eventually respond well to treatment. Treatment options for depression typically include medication, psychotherapy (talk therapy), and/or electroconvulsive therapy.

Prevalence of Depression in the United States

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2017 based on the most recent data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Additionally, about 3 million people suffer from seasonal affective disorder each year. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that is related to seasons and generally occurs around the same time every year. It typically occurs in climates where there is less sunlight.

About 65% of those diagnosed with depression receive treatment and 44 receive combined care by a health professional and medication. About 15% of those with depression received treatment by a medical professional only and 6% received medication only. About half of depression patients in the United States are also diagnosed with anxiety.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression in the U.S. is lower among non-Hispanic Asian adults, compared to Hispanic, non-Hispanic black, or non-Hispanic white adults. Additionally, the prevalence of depression decreased as family income levels increased. About 15.8% of adults from families living below the poverty line have depression, decreasing to 3.5% among adults at or above 400% of the federal poverty line.

Most Depressed States in the U.S.

State
Prevalence Of Depression 2021
West Virginia27.5%
Kentucky27%
Vermont25.4%
Tennessee25.2%
Arkansas24.6%
Oregon24.6%
Louisiana24.5%
Oklahoma24.4%
Utah24.4%
Indiana24.2%

QuoteWizard analyzed the CDC’s depression rates for each state from 2014 to 2018. They ranked every state based on an average rate of the five-year period. They also included the state’s depression rate percentage from 2014 to 2018 and each state’s rank for access to mental health care (1 for the best and 50 for the worst). Their analysis found that there’s a direct link between access to mental health care and increases or decreases in depression rates.

Below are the most depressed states in the country.

1. Oregon

  • Depression rate: 25.20%
  • Change in depression rate: 9.17%
  • Mental health care access rank: 23

2. West Virginia

  • Depression rate: 24.62%
  • Change in depression rate: 12.71%
  • Mental health care access rank: 28

3. Maine

  • Depression rate: 23.52%
  • Change in depression rate: -3.80%
  • Mental health care access rank: 5

4. Arkansas

  • Depression rate: 23.2%
  • Change in depression rate: 4.65%
  • Mental health care access rank: 34

5. Kentucky

  • Depression rate: 22.84%
  • Change in depression rate: 0.42%
  • Mental health care access rank: 30

6. Oklahoma

  • Depression rate: 22.70%
  • Change in depression rate: 6.88%
  • Mental health care access rank: 38

7. Alabama

  • Depression rate: 22.64%
  • Change in depression rate: 12.68%
  • Mental health care access rank: 45

8. Vermont

  • Depression rate: 22.64%
  • Change in depression rate: -2.75%
  • Mental health care access rank: 1

9. Tennessee

  • Depression rate: 22.36%
  • Change in depression rate: 17.76%
  • Mental health care access rank: 41

10. Washington

  • Depression rate: 22.22%
  • Change in depression rate: 9.26%
  • Mental health care access rank: 24

Most Depressed States 2024

Notes:
- Data year 2021
- Confidence interval is a statistical tool used when a data point is determined by surveying a sample of a population rather than the entire population, which results in a data-driven "best guess" rather than a precise value. There exists a 95% chance that the true value lies between the confidence interval's lowest and highest values.

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State
Prevalence Of Depression 2021
Confidence Interval (Low End)
Confidence Interval (High End)
West Virginia27.5%26.1%28.8%
Kentucky27%25.4%28.7%
Vermont25.4%23.8%27%
Tennessee25.2%23.6%26.9%
Arkansas24.6%22.8%26.4%
Oregon24.6%23.2%26%
Louisiana24.5%22.9%26.2%
Oklahoma24.4%22.9%25.9%
Utah24.4%23.4%25.5%
Indiana24.2%23%25.2%
Maine23.6%22.4%24.8%
New Hampshire23.4%21.8%24.9%
Washington23.4%22.4%24.4%
Rhode Island23.3%21.8%24.8%
Missouri22.8%21.6%24%
Montana22.8%21.5%24.2%
Idaho22.6%21.3%23.9%
Michigan22.6%21.5%23.7%
Alabama22.4%20.7%24%
Ohio22%21%23%
North Carolina21.3%19.8%22.8%
Wyoming21%19.1%22.9%
Kansas20.6%19.8%21.4%
District of Columbia20.5%18.6%22.5%
Minnesota20.5%19.7%21.2%
Colorado20.4%19.5%21.4%
Wisconsin20.4%18.9%21.9%
Mississippi20%18.4%21.7%
New Mexico19.8%18.4%21.2%
South Carolina19.8%18.6%20.9%
Alaska19.7%18.1%21.4%
Virginia19.6%18.5%20.7%
North Dakota19.5%18%20.9%
Pennsylvania19.1%17.8%20.4%
Massachusetts18.6%17.4%19.7%
Texas18.6%17.3%19.8%
Connecticut18%16.8%19.2%
Georgia17.7%16.4%19%
Iowa17.7%16.7%18.8%
Arizona17.5%16.4%18.5%
Nebraska17.5%16.6%18.4%
New Jersey17.5%16.3%18.7%
Illinois17%15.2%18.7%
Nevada17%15%19.1%
New York17%16.4%17.6%
Maryland16.6%15.7%17.4%
South Dakota16.5%14.5%18.5%
Delaware16.4%14.7%18%
California15.2%14.1%16.4%
Hawaii11.1%10.2%12.1%
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Most Depressed States 2024

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