Washington ranks 21st for highest suicide rate in America

17.6 suicides per 100,000 people

A new study shows Washington has the No. 21 highest suicide rate in America with 17.6 suicides per 100,000 people.

Suicide rates in the U.S. have grown by 20 percent in the last decade and are at the highest level since 1942 with 14 suicides per 100,000 people. Montana (29.6), Wyoming (27.1) and Alaska (27) have the highest rates. New Jersey (8.9), New York (8.7) and the District of Columbia (6.9) have the lowest rates.

SeniorLiving.org released a study Wednesday on States with The Highest Suicide Rates in America using the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control.

Here are a few additional key findings from the nationwide study:

• Native Americans have the highest suicide rate of any race with 22 per 100,000. Followed by whites (17.8%), Hispanics (7.3%), black at 6.8% and Asian (6.7%)

• America has the fifth highest suicide rate of wealthy countries (14 per 100,000). Russia ranks No. 1 (26.5) following by South Korea (20.2), India (16.5) and Japan (14.3).

• Firearms were the most used method for both men (56%) and women (31.2%) followed by suffocation/hanging and drug poisoning.

• Suicide rates were higher for people not married and those living in places with lower population density.

Suicide Prevention Hotline

If you suspect someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, help them call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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