SHERIDAN (WNE) — Following the release of 2019 statistics, Wyoming is again No. 1 in suicide rates per capita.
“I love Wyoming being No. 1 in everything except this one,” Sheridan Police Chief Travis Koltiska said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released 2019 statistics Dec. 23, 2020, indicating Wyoming topped the charts for deaths per capita of suicide with 170 deaths, or a rate of 29.4 per 100,000 population. Following Wyoming were regional states: Alaska (second, 28.7 rate), Montana (third, 27.0 rate), New Mexico (fourth, 24.5 rate) and Colorado (fifth, 22.8 rate). Oregon, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Maine rounded out the top 10.
As a region, the Mountain West proves the most vulnerable to suicide deaths, as its rate of death is 21.6 per 100,000 collectively, recording 5,364 suicide deaths in 2019.
Firearm suicides were again the most common, accounting for 50.4% of all suicide deaths in 2019.
Demographic breakdowns saw significantly more males, middle-aged adults ages 45-64 years old and white people.