Stressed? It Might Be Because of Where You Live, According to This Study
There are a lot of factors that go into how stressed you feel on a day-to-day basis—your job, your relationships, your health, money, and the political climate, among a whole host of other things—but did you know that where you live can contribute, too?
A new study from WalletHub has found the most—and least—stressful states in America, scoring and ranking them according to qualities like average work hours, job security, affordable housing availability, divorce rates, credit scores, crime rates, health data and more. So, what is the most stressful state in the country? Alabama, as it turns out.
With an total score of 56.91, Alabama ranked at 5th place in the country for work-related stress, 2nd place for money-related stress, 5th place for family-related stress, and 6th place for health and safety-related stress, putting it in 1st place overall.
Along with Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Kentucky all fill out the top 5 spots, making them the most stressful states in America. New York and California, on the other hand, fell squarely in the middle of the stress scale, with New York at 25 and California at 23—with scores of 45.06 and 45.08, respectively.
Good news if you live in Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota, however—these states make up the 5 least stressful states in the nation, with Minnesota taking the 51st spot (the study included Washington, D.C. as well) with the lowest score of 31.07.
The study also listed the top most stressful states by factor, and some of it may surprise you. Here’s the breakdown:
Average Hours Worked per Week
Most hours: Alaska
Least hours: Utah
Lowest job security: Kentucky
Highest job security: Delaware
Lowest credit score: Mississippi
Highest credit score: North Dakota
Percentage of Population Below the Poverty Line
Highest percentage: Mississippi
Lowest percentage: New Hampshire
Amount of Affordable Housing
Least affordable housing: Hawaii
Most affordable housing: Iowa
Highest divorce rate: District of Columbia
Lowest divorce rate: Utah
Percentage of Adults in Fair/Poor Health
Highest percent in poor health: West Virginia
Lowest percent in poor health: New Hampshire
Crime Rate per Capita
Highest crime rate: District of Columbia
Lowest crime rate: Vermont
Amount of Psychologists per Capita
Fewest psychologists: Louisiana
Most psychologists: District of Columbia
Average Hours of Sleep per Night
Fewest hours of sleep: Hawaii
Most hours of sleep: South Dakota