The suicide rate in the United States of America is considerably low compared with countries such as China, South Korea, and Japan. But that doesn’t mean it is not a problem, especially considering that the number of victims per year is on the rise. According to the last report provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) back in 2018, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA and the second leading cause of death among people aged between 10 and 34.
Many factors can explain these statistical data. The increasing mental health issues (particularly among the younger population) to poor quality of life, unemployment, financial stress, and drug abuse are just some examples. Suicide rates vary widely from state to state, which can help explain the root of the problem. These are the ten most suicidal places in America:
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
It is impossible to pinpoint exactly why Las Vegas is the city with the USA’s highest suicide rate. Considering that this region is worldwide famous for its casinos, one would expect gambling addiction to have some impact on these numbers. As far as we know, this is no true.
Some experts believe that the aura of sex, money, and the wild lifestyle that Las Vegas is known for ends up attracting people who are already at a higher risk of suicide. Furthermore, that same aura also elevates a person’s risk of suicide.
Suicide deaths per year: 34.5 per 100 thousand people.
2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
The situation in Colorado Springs is especially alarming because there has been a worrying growth in teen suicides. This growth is mainly due to the deterioration of the mental health of adolescents, who face serious anxiety and depression issues from an early age and don’t have the proper emotional support to deal with those disorders.
The city is trying to reverse this situation by providing basic mental health care in schools and building a network of services that can support all young people in difficulty.
Suicide deaths per year: 26.1 per 100 thousand people.
3. Tucson, Arizona
The suicide rate among teenagers is also a huge problem in this city. Since 2009, there has been an 81% increase in child suicides in the greater Tucson area. Government entities believe that these figures are directly related to drug and alcohol abuse, mental health disorders, bullying, and easy access to guns.
But that is not the only segment of the population that governors have to worry about. Suicides among senior citizens (65 or older) are also on the rise in Tucson, making elderly white men in specific highly vulnerable.
Suicide deaths per year: 25 per 100 thousand people.
4. Sacramento, California
Sacramento is not exactly one of the worst cities to live in. It is the capital city of California, one of the richest and most powerful states of all the United States of America, with top-notch education, health care facilities, and a highly educated and multicultural workforce. So, why is the suicide rate high?
Well, it’s not clear. But the high unemployment rate combined with a high cost of living can put a lot of people under great financial stress – and it could be a reasonable explanation.
Suicide deaths per year: 22.7 per 100 thousand people.
5. Albuquerque, New Mexico
The state of New Mexico was the one with the highest number of suicides in 2018, with a total amount of 536. Just like in Tucson, a considerable percentage of all suicides in Albuquerque occur among senior citizens. It’s also worth mentioning that three-quarters of suicide victims in New Mexico were male.
Suicide deaths per year: 21 per 100 thousand people.
6. Mesa, Arizona
It seems that Arizona is struggling to control suicide rates in many of its cities. Mesa is the third-largest city in the state, and it has one of the worst suicide rates in the entire country. There is so much that needs to be done when it comes to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in Arizona. Let’s hope that the institutions that can have a decisive impact start acting quickly.
Suicide deaths per year: 19.6 per 100 thousand people.
7. Miami, Florida
For many, Miami is paradise on Earth. With tropical white sand beaches, blue waters, nice weather, a rich and diverse culture, and wild nightlife, it has everything that young people look for. It is also one of the most dangerous cities in America, with a crime rate of 71% higher than the national average, and unemployment is also relatively high.
The high suicide rate in Miami could be explained in the same way as Las Vegas. The city’s advertised lifestyle attracts people who are more prone to commit suicide. Of course, this is all speculation. But the numbers are indeed worrying.
Suicide deaths per year: 17.1 per 100 thousand people.
8. Denver, Colorado
Denver is a thriving city with a lot of opportunities for the American people. But it is also a city that has to deal with poverty, crime, and socioeconomic inequality. That’s probably why its suicide rate is so high. According to the latest report provided by the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment, suicide is still on the rise.
Suicide deaths per year: 16.2 per 100 thousand people.
9. Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville is another city located in Florida that ends up making it to this terrible list. Florida is one of the states that invests the least amount of money on mental health resources – and that lack of investment shows. It’s time to change the paradigm and start working on mental health awareness and give the population better conditions to improve the overall mental state.
Suicide deaths per year: 15.6 per 100 thousand people.
10. Wichita, Kansas
Wichita finally comes to close the top 10. In 2019, there were 625 suicides and suicide attempts in the city. Once again, i’s important to take these numbers very seriously and try different approaches to control this situation.
Suicide deaths per year: 15.2 per 100 thousand people.