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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 25, 2017

US Suicide Rates Display Growing Geographic Disparity

JAMA. 2017;317(16):1616. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.4076

As the overall US suicide rate increases, a CDC study showed that the trend toward higher rates in less populated parts of the country and lower rates in large urban areas has become more pronounced.

Using data from the National Vital Statistics System and the US Census Bureau, the researchers reported that from 1999 to 2015, the annual suicide rate increased by 14%, from 12.6 to 14.4 per 100 000 US residents aged 10 years or older.