Living in Disadvantaged Cities Can Raise Suicide Risk

Individuals living in socio-economically disadvantaged cities that also have relatively few residents living in family setting have higher suicide risk.

Individuals who live in disadvantaged cities where there are fewer family households are at greater risk of dying by suicide, according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Specifically, those at greatest risk for suicide lived in cities where 25 percent of residents or fewer lived in family settings. Whether they were married with children or single and living alone, these individuals were more than twice as likely to die by suicide compared with similar adults who lived in cities where 81 percent or more of the city’s population lived in family settings.

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