The suicide rate — suicides per 100,000 people — was highest in the West, Arkansas and West Virginia in 2017, according to the latest analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heavily rural states had the highest rates, with Montana's at nearly 29 per 100,000 population, followed by Alaska and Wyoming, at about 27 per 100,000.

Source: “Suicide Mortality by State,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017, https://tinyurl.com/ybrlcju3

Data for the graphic are as follows:

State Suicides Per 100,000 Population
Alabama 16.6
Alaska 27
Arizona 18.2
Arkansas 20.8
California 10.5
Colorado 20.3
Connecticut 10.5
Delaware 11.6
Florida 14
Georgia 13.6
Hawaii 15.2
Idaho 23.2
Illinois 11.2
Indiana 16.3
Iowa 15
Kansas 19.1
Kentucky 16.9
Louisiana 15.2
Maine 18.9
Maryland 9.8
Massachusetts 9.5
Michigan 14.1
Minnesota 13.8
Mississippi 15
Missouri 18.5
Montana 28.9
Nebraska 14.7
Nevada 20.3
New Hampshire 18.9
New Jersey 8.3
New Mexico 23.3
New York 8.1
North Carolina 14.3
North Dakota 20.1
Ohio 14.8
Oklahoma 19.1
Oregon 19
Pennsylvania 15
Rhode Island 11.8
South Carolina 16.3
South Dakota 22.5
Tennessee 16.8
Texas 13.4
Utah 22.7
Vermont 18.3
Virginia 13.4
Washington 16.9
West Virginia 21.1
Wisconsin 15.4
Wyoming 26.9

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