WASHINGTON — Having high levels of stress is known to take a toll on the brain and the body, leading people to sleep less, feel worse, and struggle on the job. But does where you live factor in to the level of stress you feel? The free credit score website WalletHub.com released its list of the Most and Least Stressed States, giving Americans a glimpse at how their home address could be affecting them.
The study found that Alabama was the most-stressed state in the country, followed by Louisiana and Mississippi. In fact, eight states from the South made the top 10 for most-stressed states.
Minnesota was the least-stressed state, followed by North Dakota and Iowa.
The list was compiled by expert analysts who evaluated all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in four areas of potential stressors: Work-Related Stress; Money-Related Stress; Family-Related Stress; Health- & Safety-Related Stress.
Each category was graded by various weighted metrics — 33 in total — that accounted for 25 points per category.
For example, Work-related Stress metrics included how many average hours residents work per week, their average commute time, their job security, and the state’s unemployment weight.
Money-related Stress included median income, median credit score, and housing affordability. Family-related Stress included divorce rate and cost of childcare. Health- & Safety-related Stress included adults diagnosed with depression, suicide rate, and crime rate.
Total scores were then calculated for each state and ranked in comparison to one another.
WalletHub’s list of Most & Least Stressed States:
|Overall Rank||State||Total Score||‘Work-Related Stress’ Rank||‘Money-Related Stress’ Rank||‘Family-Related Stress’ Rank||‘Health- & Safety-Related Stress’ Rank|
|18||District of Columbia||45.64||35||14||1||50|
WalletHub’s study included a panel of experts who answered questions on how to help Americans relieve financial stress and offered ways for parents especially to bring more calm into the household.
To read the study, click here.