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Suicide Rates by State 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC for short, compiled extensive data on the suicide rates of each state in the US.

Suicide is a serious issue to state the obvious. But something to consider regarding suicide rates in the United States of America is that many suicides are the result of circumstances beyond avoidable circumstances. One thing that is a heavy commonality among people who die by suicide is an unshakeable feeling of dread, despair, loneliness, and hopelessness. These adjectives can be said to be overused in the discussions revolving around suicide, but they need to be taken seriously for suicide rates by state to decrease.

While situations outside of an individual’s control play a huge role in someone’s mental well-being, other innate factors such as disorders of the mind and abnormalities at birth can heighten someone’s propensity for experiencing depression, whether as the occasional episode or a lifelong ailment.

To lower the rates of deaths resulting from suicide, the country needs to address many common underlying factors that add up and make someone more likely to choose suicide as an outlet. Depression rates are one factor that holds serious importance, but other factors to take into consideration are:

The list truly goes on and on, but one factor that holds is that the United States could be working more intuitively and intentionally to decrease the suicide rates by state in the nation. The suicide rates in the United States are not always the most reliable because many suicides go undetected. Even so, it is possible to identify which states have more at-risk factors and then deduce which states are more likely to bear witness to their residents passing away by suicide.

The ten states with the highest suicide rates (per 100,000) in 2018 were:

  1. Wyoming - 25.2
  2. New Mexico - 25
  3. Montana - 24.9
  4. Alaska - 24.6
  5. Idaho - 23.9
  6. Utah - 22.2
  7. Colorado - 21.9
  8. West Virginia - 21.2
  9. Nevada - 20.8
  10. Oklahoma - 20

Here are the 10 states with the highest suicide rates:

  1. Montana (28.9 per 100k)
  2. Alaska (27 per 100k)
  3. Wyoming (26.9 per 100k)
  4. New Mexico (23.3 per 100k)
  5. Idaho (23.2 per 100k)
  6. Utah (22.7 per 100k)
  7. South Dakota (22.5 per 100k)
  8. West Virginia (21.1 per 100k)
  9. Arkansas (20.8 per 100k)
  10. Colorado (20.3 per 100k)

Suicide Rates by State 2021

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Suicide Rates by State 2021

* Rates are per 100,000 people. Data for calendar year 2018.
State Suicide Rate Total Suicides Number
Montana28.9311
Alaska27200
Wyoming26.9157
New Mexico23.3491
Idaho23.2392
Utah22.7663
South Dakota22.5191
West Virginia21.1393
Arkansas20.8631
Nevada20.3627
Colorado20.31181
North Dakota20.1154
Oklahoma19.1756
Kansas19.1553
Oregon19825
New Hampshire18.9265
Maine18.9274
Missouri18.51151
Vermont18.3112
Arizona18.21327
Washington16.91297
Kentucky16.9770
Tennessee16.81166
Alabama16.6836
South Carolina16.3838
Indiana16.31092
Wisconsin15.4926
Louisiana15.2720
Hawaii15.2227
Pennsylvania152030
Mississippi15445
Iowa15479
Ohio14.81740
Nebraska14.7275
North Carolina14.31521
Michigan14.11457
Florida143227
Minnesota13.8783
Georgia13.61451
Virginia13.41179
Texas13.43778
Rhode Island11.8129
Delaware11.6112
Illinois11.21474
Connecticut10.5405
California10.54312
Maryland9.8630
Massachusetts9.5682
New Jersey8.3795
New York8.11696

Suicide Rates by State 2021