Suicide vs. Homicide by State, per 100,000

In the latest Freakonomics Radio podcast,’The Suicide Paradox,” we explore, among other things, why suicide is twice as prevalent in the U.S. as murder. From the CDC, here’s a breakdown of state-by-state suicide and homicide rates.


Sources: Suicide data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Vital Statistics, National Vital Statistics Report Volume 58, Number 19, May 2010, Table 29. Available at Homicide data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, Expanded Homicide Data 2007, Table 20. Available at


i dont know, maybe a nice pie chart would spruce things up a little.


Maybe some of those D.C. homicides would be better spent on the government. Might solve a few problems. I am so kidding of course......


I know in Vermont about 20-30 years ago, UNSOLVED homicides were inversely proportional to suicides. A new Medical examiner discovered that many of what were previously called suicides were actually homicides and we went from one of the highest suicide rates, to one of the lower, while unsolved homicides went up drastically. She is now long retired. But the lesson remains: It may be easier for the police to just call it a suicide.