If that feels a little too stressful, you can also just check out this quick and easy rundown of the rankings:
Most stressed states
5. West Virginia
6. New Mexico
Least stressed states
4. North Dakota
5. South Dakota
7. New Hampshire
WalletHub’s map shows how stressed each state is using colors. The darker your state, the more stressed the people living there are. Southern states make up the top 10 for a second year in a row, with Louisiana topping the list once more. WalletHub found that people who live there average high hours worked in a week, high percentages of adults in fair or poor health, low credit scores, high divorce rates, lots of crime, and high percentages of people living in poverty. Is it any wonder people there are stressed out?
Other extremely stressed states, like Alaska, Kentucky, Mississippi, and West Virginia ranked high in the same things. While some of the states ranked as the least stressed, like North Dakota and Hawaii, were among the places with the lowest job security, least number of hours slept per week, and least affordable housing, it seems the good outweighs the bad in these situations. Those low-stress states also boasted the lowest divorce rates, least number of people living in poverty, high credit scores, low numbers of adults in fair or bad health, and more.
Minnesota, the least stressed state of them all, was ranked among the states with the healthiest people, highest credit scores, lowest divorce rates, and most psychologists per capita. The findings suggest there are some serious perks to living a stress-free life.
Maybe it’s time to consider packing up and heading west, where the food's great, too.