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Suicide Trends: U.S. Trends by State by Sex 1999-2022
Worst rates in the northwest, but increasing rates for all states
Wrapping up my series on recent trends in suicide rates, let’s look at different trends by geography.
I decided to continue splitting the sexes out for stats, but you’ll soon see the trends are similar by sex.
Though I’m not showing it in the visualization, every state showed an increase in their rate, though some have more extreme increases than others.
The least cumulative increase was in Nevada… only 2%. But then, the rate was very high to begin with.
The highest increase was from North Dakota, seeing over 100% increase.
Note the western/northern states generally have the worst rates in every year.
First, note I had to use a different scale for females than males — at a quarter scale compared to the males. As I’ve noted before, the male-to-female ratio for suicide death rates is about 4.
Second, you may note that states “disappear” from time to time. That’s because those years, suicide deaths were fewer than 10 and thus the results were censored.
Third, there are similarities in the geographic patterns for both males and females.
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