(NEXSTAR) — Depression can affect anyone in any place, though new data shows some areas of the U.S. have more incidences of the anxiety disorder.
Researchers at nursing information and education outlet CEUfast reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find the cities with the highest numbers of residents who have been been told they have any form of depression, and no city in the state of California made the list.
The entire southwest region seems to have lower rates of depression, as no city in New Mexico, Nevada or Arizona made the list either. Other states spared from the top 50 list include South Dakota, Iowa, Georgia, and Mississippi.
Top 15 most depressed cities/metros in the U.S., according to CEUfast are:
|Rank||City/metropolitan area||Percentage of depressed residents|
|4.||Charleston, West Virginia||29%|
|6.||Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA||27.2%|
|9.||Chattanooga, TN/Duluth, Minnesota (tie)||25.8%|
|12.||Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR||25%|
|13.||Boise City, Idaho||24.9%|
Based on the data, the U.S. city with the most depression is Billings, Montana. CEUFast says about 31% of residents out of a population of 181,000 have been told they’re depressed by a professional. Meanwhile, Kingsport, Tennessee, ranks second, with 30.6% of residents told they have depression.
Depression in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 4.7% of adults (ages 18 and older) deal with depression. There were about 45,979 deaths by suicide in 2020, CDC says.
If you’re experiencing symptoms or think you may be experiencing symptoms of depression, you should seek help from a medical professional. If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts or emotional distress, you can call or visit the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 24 hours a day/seven days a week.