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By looking at the chart you can see that the states in white like: California, Hawaii, North Dakota, and Ohio have the lowest suicide rate while the darker states like West Virginia, Oregon, New Mexico, and Nevada, have the highest suicide rate in the country. In this article I will discuss a few of the socioeconomic factors that affect suicide rates in America. Latest studies show conflicting information. For example, bad weather and cold winters may be a contributing factor to the higher suicide rate of Oregon, but wouldn’t that apply to Washington as well? Yet Washington has a much lower suicide rate. Portland, OR, has on average 30 days of more sunshine than Seattle yet has a MUCH higher suicide rate. I’ll give you one last spoiler: U.S. city with the highest suicide rate?? Las Vegas, NV. If you want to know why, you will just have to keep on reading!

Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), one of sociology’s pioneers, showed that social forces are at work even in such an intensely personal action such as suicide. Durkheim, found that some categories of people are more likely than others to take their own lives. He found that men, Protestants, wealthy people, and the unmarried each had much higher suicide rates than women, Catholics and Jews, the poor, and married people. This still holds true to this day here in the United States. Durkheim explained these differences in terms of social integration: Categories of people with strong social ties had low suicide rates, and more individualistic people had higher suicide rates.


In Durkheim’s time, men had much more freedom than women. But despite its advantages, freedom weakens social ties and thus increases the rate of suicide. Likewise, more individualistic Protestants were more likely to commit suicide than more traditional Catholics and Jews, whose rituals encourages social ties. The wealthy have more freedom than the poor- but once again, at the cost of a higher suicide rate.

In 2007, in the U.S. there were 12.9 recorded suicides for every 100,000 white people, which is more than twice the rate of African Americans. For both races, suicide was more common among men than women. White men are almost four times more likely to take their lives than white women. The higher suicide rate among white people and men reflects their greater wealth and freedom, just as the lower rate among women and people of color reflects their limited social choices. Just as Derkheim did a century ago, we can see general sociological patterns in the personal actions of particular individuals.

Oddly enough Greenland is the suicide capitol of the world[1] with an average of 108.1 suicides for every 100,000 inhabitants versus the USA’s 12.1. Studies have shown that suicide tends to be higher in poorly populated areas. If you know anything about Greenland you know its the worlds largest Island and is the least densely populated country on the planet. The lowest in the world may or may not surprise you. It consist of mostly poor countries like the Philippines (2.1), Peru (1.1), Guatemala (3.6) and even Mexico beats us with a 4.0!

In a U.S. city by city comparison data shows that the happier and wealthier the city the higher the suicide rate: (rates are per 100,000 inhabitants) City Data from the National Association of County and City Health Officials [2]
1.Las Vegas, NV – 34.5
2.Colorado Springs, CO – 26.1
3.Tucson, AZ – 25
4.Sacramento, CA 22.7
5.Albuquerque, NM 21
6.Mesa, AZ 19.6
7.Miami, FL 17.1
8.Denver, CO 16.2
9.Portland, OR 15.2
10.Jacksonville, FL 15

Writing this article has suddenly made me depressed since I’m a single, white, unmarried, self-employed male who is moving to Portland. Can’t be any worse than where I live now- want to guess where?
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Las Vegas? No surprises.

It is basically the last saloon for wannabe famous people or those who were famous.

I am surprised Detroit isn't there but maybe that place has a population used to its conditions of no hope?

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For example, bad weather and cold winters may be a contributing factor to the higher suicide rate of Oregon, but wouldn’t that apply to Washington as well? Yet Washington has a much lower suicide rate. Portland, OR, has on average 30 days of more sunshine than Seattle yet has a MUCH higher suicide rate.
only western washington has rainy weather.... im on the eastside and we have all four seasons here. it does rain some in Portland but nothing like the coastal areas... so something else must explain the higher suicide rates there, i'd think.

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Facts about suicide around the world:

1 million people across the globe die by suicide each year. That’s one suicide every 40 seconds.

More people die by suicide each year than by murder and war combined.

It’s estimated that approximately 5% of people attempt suicide at least once in their life.

Between 10% and 14% of the general population have suicidal thinking throughout their lifetime.

Suicide is the second biggest cause of death worldwide among 15-19 year olds.

100,000 adolescents die by suicide every year.

Suicide is estimated to be under-reported for reasons of stigma, religion and social attitudes. Many suicides are hidden among other causes of death, such as road traffic accidents and drowning.
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it's not the weather, it's the lack of mental health services. Oregon is notorious for shit mental health care and services mixed with high homeless rates. You can't even get food stamps or medicaid if you're homeless because Oregon requires a place of residence to qualify. The shitty mental health care system is why I'm moving out of Oregon, I'm fucking fed up.

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Las Vegas? No surprises.

It is basically the last saloon for wannabe famous people or those who were famous.

I am surprised Detroit isn't there but maybe that place has a population used to its conditions of no hope?
If someone could handle living in Detroit they can probably handle anything

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Yeah I live in Oregon and I'm not surprised except I would think we would be higher on the list. It's staggering the amount of suicides we have.

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it does rain some in Portland but nothing like the coastal areas... so something else must explain the higher suicide rates there, i'd think.
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Access to guns is one reason, studies show. Western states have more lax gun laws than other parts of the country. New York, with its more restrictive gun laws, ranks 50th in suicides in the country. A little more than half of all Oregonians who kill themselves use guns, according to the Oregon Public Health Division.

In 2011, most Oregon firearm deaths were suicides (76 percent). Guns are used in suicides more than twice as often as the next two most popular methods: poison (20 percent) and hanging/suffocation (18 percent). Research shows 90 percent of suicides in rural America involve firearms.

Geography is another reason Oregon's suicide rate is high. Suicide risk is higher in rural areas. Studies show that limited mental health care services, access to firearms and a rugged, individualistic culture that doesn't lend itself to seeking help are primary factors contributing to suicide.

Age is also a factor. Suicide rates increase as people get older, peaking after 85. For reporting purposes, people who die under Oregon's Death With Dignity law are not listed as suicides. A change in health or the death of a spouse are triggers for suicide.

Curry County has the highest number of older people, per capita, in the state, says Jan Kaplan, chief executive officer for Curry Community Health and also the highest suicide rate in the state.

"People retire here, many from California -- we're right on the California border -- and we don't have a college here, so we have few people between the ages of 20 and 40."

Declines in the county's fishing and timber industry mean many residents don't have jobs, leading to depression and drug and alcohol use, says Kaplan's colleague, Carol Raper, a mental health program manager for the agency.

"We're stretched pretty thin," she says. "We have nowhere near adequate services. I don't think people are aware a neighbor may be showing signs of behavior that is a concern."

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Under reported because the vast majority are male? And then you have the murder suicides of divorced men to account for which I seriously question on whether they are included.

These figures are not showing the true extent of things.

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