Saturday, December 31, 2011

99 Problems

Ah, Querétaro. It's the second-safest state in Mexico. Forty-nine families a day have been moving here from the crazier parts of the Republic. Unemployment is reasonably low, quality of life is reasonably high. It's the home of Burro fuckin' Hall, for chrissakes! And so of course we managed to set an all-time state record for suicides this year, with 99 queretanos taking matters into their own hands - up from 78 least year, and squashing the previous record of 85 in 2007. Weird, to say the least. Nineteen were minors. (And that 99 number is as of Dec 22. That no one has killed themselves over Christmas is maybe the strangest part of this; we seriously consider it every time we hear "O Holy Night.")

The local paper, perhaps frustrated by its inability to work a photo of the publisher's family into the story (seriously, father and son are both on the front page today), decided to go with this super-classy graphic:

Of course, even the suicidiest year ever, which works out to 5.5 per 100,000 population, is still less than half the rate up north of the border, so things could definitely be a lot worse.

2 comments:

Cheryl Arredondo said...

I love that you invented a new word - "suicidiest". I'm going to use it in a sentence.

Burro Hall said...

Wait...that's not a word?