New Data Shows The Most And Least Stressed States In The U.S.

Find out where your state falls.

We all know that keeping stress at bay is important for our overall health and wellness. It can be hard though, especially when there are external factors—such as job loss, high childcare costs or marital discord—at play.

WalletHub, a credit-monitoring site, decided to check in with our country to find out exactly how stressed Americans are and to see where each state in the country ranks on a “most” to “least” stressed scale. The team at Wallethub looked at 33 key indicators of stress in four main categories:

  • Work-related stress
  • Money-related stress
  • Family-related stress
  • Health- and safety-related stress

Key indicators included everything from average hours worked per week to divorce rates, housing costs, income, health, crime and even the average number of hours of sleep residents tend to get per night.

In reviewing the states’ scores across the four categories, Wallethub found these to be the 10 most stressed states in the country:

  1. Alabama
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. West Virginia
  5. Kentucky
  6. New Mexico
  7. Nevada
  8. Georgia
  9. Tennessee
  10. Arkansas

The 10-least stressed states in the country are:

  1. Minnesota
  2. North Dakota
  3. Iowa
  4. South Dakota
  5. Utah
  6. Nebraska
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Vermont
  9. Colorado
  10. Wisconsin

When considering moving to another state, while we are likely to weigh factors like how much a house will cost, we may also want to consider the state’s stress level. To help, here’s the full list of all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia), ranked from most to least stressed, and be sure to check out the color-coded map below to get a sense of the most- and least-stressed regions in the country.

  1. Alabama
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. West Virginia
  5. Kentucky
  6. New Mexico
  7. Nevada
  8. Georgia
  9. Tennessee
  10. Arkansas
  11. South Carolina
  12. Alaska
  13. Florida
  14. Arizona
  15. Oklahoma
  16. North Carolina
  17. Ohio
  18. District of Columbia
  19. Indiana
  20. Missouri
  21. Oregon
  22. Michigan
  23. California
  24. Texas
  25. New York
  26. Rhode Island
  27. Maine
  28. Pennsylvania
  29. Delaware
  30. Virginia
  31. Idaho
  32. Illinois
  33. Maryland
  34. Washington
  35. Montana
  36. Hawaii
  37. Massachusetts
  38. Wyoming
  39. Connecticut
  40. Kansas
  41. New Jersey
  42. Wisconsin
  43. Colorado
  44. Vermont
  45. New Hampshire
  46. Nebraska
  47. Utah
  48. South Dakota
  49. Iowa
  50. North Dakota
  51. Minnesota

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Where does your home state land? Do the state rankings seem accurate to you?