The State You Live in Might Be Causing You Stress

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We all deal with stress, and there are myriad reasons why stress impacts our lives — family issues, money woes, health. But the website WalletHub did a little bit of recon and discovered that what state you live in also has a significant stake in how you feel.

WalletHub identified "money, work and the economy" as the biggest stress triggers, and opportunities for all of those things are certainly impacted by the state, and environment in which we live. Rural setting with few job opportunities? That might be causing you stress. City whose economy is going down the tubes? That might be causing you stress too. Other factors that WalletHub took into consideration ranged from, "average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleep."

The breakdown of the most stressed out states was pretty fascinating and mildly unexpected. The top five most stressed out states were: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Kentucky. While the top five least stressed out states were Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

As for New York, which many likely consider to be on the top end of the stress scale — it was smack dab in the middle at number 25.

You can check out their breakdown of stressed out states here.