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What Geography Can Tell Us About Suicide Rates in America

Startling new findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that now, more Americans die from committing suicide then are killed in car accidents. While there are numerous contributing factors to the surge in suicide rates in America, a recent study looking at increases in suicide rates found that economic conditions may not be the primary factor. As The Atlantic Wire points out, several of the top 10 states that have seen the biggest spikes in suicide rates have fared relatively well through the economic crisis. Florida, Arizona and Nevada—three states that saw major financial losses during the mortgage crisis, don’t even appear in top 10 list. According to the story, one factor that could play a role in the suicide rates across different states is gun ownership …

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