Data: Maine's suicide rate is higher than the nation's average – and rising

Maine's average suicide rate is higher than the national average, but still remains below rates in many other rural states.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Maine's suicide rate, like the nation's as a whole, is trending upwards.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Violent Death Reporting System
Interactive: Christian MilNeil

In 2014, Maine had 220 reported suicides – a rate of 16.54 suicides per 100,000 residents. The national rate was 13.41 per 100,000 people.

The map below shows the average suicide rate for each state for the seven-year period 2008-2014. Rural states like Maine tend to have higher rates of suicide, while more urban states suffer fewer suicides on a per-capita basis. Mouse over the states to view detailed statistics:

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Violent Death Reporting System
INTERACTIVE: Christian MilNeil | @vigorousnorth