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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. Wyoming (29.3 per 100k)
  2. Alaska (28.5 per 100k)
  3. Montana (26.2 per 100k)
  4. New Mexico (24 per 100k)
  5. Colorado (22.1 per 100k)
  6. Utah (21.2 per 100k)
  7. South Dakota (20.9 per 100k)
  8. Oklahoma (20.5 per 100k)
  9. Idaho (20.4 per 100k)
  10. Oregon (20.4 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
Wyoming29.3170
Alaska28.5210
Montana26.2289
New Mexico24513
Colorado22.11312
Utah21.2654
South Dakota20.9182
Oklahoma20.5816
Oregon20.4906
Idaho20.4365
Nevada19.8642
Maine19.4276
Arizona18.71419
West Virginia18.5330
Missouri18.21141
Kansas18.2523
North Dakota18.1136
Arkansas18548
New Hampshire17.5255
Tennessee17.21219
Iowa16.7528
Kentucky16.5756
Alabama16.3804
South Carolina16.2852
Nebraska16.1309
Vermont16110
Washington15.91263
Hawaii15.5224
Ohio15.11806
Louisiana15704
Georgia14.61585
Florida14.53465
Mississippi14.4436
Minnesota14.4830
Michigan14.31472
Indiana14.2972
Pennsylvania14.11896
Wisconsin14845
Texas13.43891
Virginia12.81140
North Carolina12.51358
Connecticut11.4435
Delaware11.3111
Illinois10.91439
Rhode Island10.7123
California10.74436
Maryland10.3657
Massachusetts8.7647
New York8.31705
New Jersey8762

Suicide Rates By State 2021