Living (And Dying) In Arizona
If you’ve read NoArizona articles before, you’ve heard numerous reasons why Arizona is a bad place to live. I dug a little deeper and found dying in Arizona would be much worse.
I recently stumbled upon a website called “World Life Expectancy” that gives very detailed information in all areas of the world regarding what kills people. I was surprised to see all the problems the western United States have, Arizona specifically while looking at their USA Health Maps. Each part of the country has its own problems, but Arizona problems appear unique.
Below are clickable maps that are of concern to Arizona.
Alcohol Problem In Arizona
The western United States has a distinct alcohol problem. Arizona ranked #9 with alcohol-related deaths at a rate of 3.6 per 100,000 residents.
Drownings In Arizona
Arizona is one of the driest states devoid of large bodies of water, yet drowning is a major problem. On the television, Arizonans are bombarded with “watch your children around water” messages but unfortunately that message is lost. Although Arizona is dry, many people have swimming pools or at least access to them. Arizona ranked #17 for drowning deaths with a rate of 1.7 per 100,000 residents.
Arizona Drug-Related Deaths
Drugs are very prominent and very available in Arizona. Arizona ranked #16 in the nation for drug-related deaths with .8 deaths per 100,000 residents. (See Arizona’s Drug Addiction)
Falling Down (and not getting up) In Arizona
Unlike the Looney Toons Roadrunner cartoons, gravity in the desert doesn’t pause and wait for you to realize you’re not on solid ground before taking affect! Surprisingly, Arizona ranked #5 for death by falling at 11.5 per 100,000 residents. I’m sure at least 100 of those must be Wile E. Coyote!
Hepatitis C in Arizona
Arizona ranked #5 for deaths related to hepatitis C with 2.5 deaths for every 100,000 residents.
Liver-Related Deaths In Arizona
As you now know, alcohol is a major problem in Arizona. That naturally leads Arizona to be ranked #5 for liver disease deaths with 12.7 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Careful, That Might Be Poison!
Arizona is ranked #9 for poisoning deaths with 10.6 deaths per 100,000!
Suicides In Arizona
This is really no surprise (and no laughing matter) because suicide is a MAJOR problem in Arizona. It’s a terrible place to live, and probably even worse as a kid. As bad as it is here, it’s not worth hurting yourself.
What’s really eye-opening is how red the map is in the west, as compared to the east. Virginia and West Virginia are the only eastern states affected, while the northeast and southeast appear to be quite content with their lives. Why did I ever leave?
According to this article, one Arizona town has seen the suicide rate tripled in the past ten years. Police estimate they see nearly four threats, attempts or completions each week, with maybe one completed suicide per week.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact a local mental health professional, visit the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition at azspc.org, or call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). Maricopa Crisis Response can be reached at (602) 222-9444. If it is an emergency, always dial 9-1-1.
Arizona is ranked #8 for suicides with 16.1 per 100,000 residents.
Violent Deaths In Arizona
Arizona ranked #6 for violence-related deaths with 8.8 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Here are the latest two violent murderers from Arizona:
Jeremy Trujillo is a murderer who was booked into jail for a drive-by shooting. The details of his case are not available yet, but I would venture to say it’s gang-related.
Saxton Branham is a murderer who was also booked into jail today for reckless manslaughter. He was also arrested for driving on a suspended license, so perhaps his vehicle was his weapon of choice.
Here is Saxton’s facebook profile, where he’s really trying to look like a bad-ass. You finally killed someone, Saxton…that should get you some street cred, right?
Most Common Cause of Death By Age Group
- Age 0-14: #1, Congenital Anomalies; #2, Low Birth Weight
- Age 15-24: #1, Traffic Accidents; #2, Suicide
- Age 25-34: #1, Poisonings; #2 Suicide
- Age 35-44: #1, Poisonings; #2 Suicide
- Age 45-54: #1, Poisonings; #2 Breast Cancer
- Age 55-65: #1, Heart Disease; #2, Lung Cancer
- Age 65-74: #1, Heart Disease; #2, Lung Cancer
- Age 75+: #1, Heart Disease; #2, Alzheimer’s
You can see the full chart here.
To Live And Die In Arizona
Living in Arizona is a terrible existence for many people, including me. Bad things happen to good people (and bad people) everywhere, but Arizona has it’s own unique set of problems. According to the statistics I found, suicide is the #2 cause of death between the ages of 15 and 44. That is a huge spread and should really tell you something about Arizona.
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