Grand Rapids has highest depression rate among ‘large’ cities


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A new study has found the Grand Rapids area has the most depressed population among “large” U.S. cities.

Insurance Providers, an insurance price comparison group, recently conducted a study comparing the rates of depression among U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, and the Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA was ranked No. 1 among large cities.

Breakdown of the percentage of people in Grand Rapids diagnosed with depression and correlated factors from the study:

Share of adults ever diagnosed with depression: 25%

Share of adults who are obese (BMI 30-99.8): 32.3%

Share of total population with a disability: 11.1%

Share of total population who are divorced: 10.4%

Mean household income: $79,512

Share of total population below poverty level: 10%


Insurance Providers created the ranking by analyzing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 SMART Survey to find the percentage of adults in each metro area who have ever been diagnosed with depression.

The group also used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to analyze a variety of social, economic and physical health factors associated with depression.

Cities were grouped by population size as follows: small metros, with populations less than 350,000; midsize metros, 350,000-1 million people; and large metros: those with populations greater than 1 million.

Only metros with data available from the SMART Survey were included in the analysis.

The full ranking, including data on small and midsize cities, is online.

10 most depressed large cities

Grand Rapids-Wyoming

Cincinnati, Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama

Rochester, New York

Salt Lake City

Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island/Massachusetts

Oklahoma City

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon/Washington

Columbus, Ohio

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana

10 least depressed large cities

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida

New York-Jersey City-White Plains, New York-New Jersey

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia

Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia


Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida

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