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How Many in U.S. Are Depressed?

CDC Says 9% of Adults Are Depressed at Least Occasionally; 3.4% Suffer From Major Depression

Major Depression Among the States

Estimates for major depression ranged from 1.5% in North Dakota to 5.3% in Mississippi and West Virginia.

The CDC says it is not known why depression is greater in women than in men. And differences in depression prevalence among states and territories might result from variations in socioeconomic status, physical disorders, and access to health care treatment.

The investigators said a greater prevalence of depression was found in the Southeastern states.

Here is a list of participating states and territories and their prevalence rates for major depression.

Area Percentage of Major Depression

Alabama 4.1

Alaska 2.3

Arizona 3.6

Arkansas 4.9

California 3.7

Colorado 2.4

Connecticut 2.0

Delaware 3.4

Washington, D.C. 2.8

Florida 3.2

Georgia 3.4

Hawaii 3.1

Idaho 2.9

Illinois 3.1

Indiana 3.9

Iowa 2.1

Kansas 3.6

Louisiana 2.9

Maine 3.5

Maryland 2.6

Massachusetts 2.6

Michigan 3.8

Minnesota 2.1

Mississippi 5.3

Missouri 4.1

Montana 2.4

Nebraska 2.3

Nevada 3.7

New Hampshire 3.0

New Mexico 3.5

New York 2.2

North Dakota 1.5

Ohio 3.9

Oklahoma 4.7

Oregon 3.5

Rhode Island 3.4

South Carolina 3.6

Tennessee 4.1

Texas 3.5

Utah 3.4

Vermont 3.0

Virginia 2.8

Washington 3.1

West Virginia 5.3

Wisconsin 2.3

Wyoming 3.1

Puerto Rico 4.5

U.S. Virgin Islands 1.7

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