Inside the Most and Least Stressed States of 2019

These are the most and least stressed states in America. // Photo Credit: evgenyatamanenko/royalty free/Getty Images

Stress surrounds us daily, and is almost impossible to completely eradicate from our lives. Though you can take steps to minimize your stress levels, one of the greatest contributors is your environment. As a country, America’s stress levels have been on the rise, with millennials being at the highest of any previous generation's. Since April is Stress Awareness month, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted research on where and why stress occurs. Common stressors like the future of America, finances, and 38 other key indicators of stress were taken into account to determine the most toxic states, and the states that will contribute to a more relaxed lifestyle.

If stress is a constant in your life, it may be due to a toxic environment. Take a look at the list, statistics, and video below to determine if a move is in your near future.

Most Stressed States

 

Least Stressed States

1

Louisiana

 

41

Montana

2

Mississippi

 

42

Hawaii

3

Arkansas

 

43

Wisconsin

4

Kentucky

 

44

New Hampshire

5

West Virginia

 

45

Iowa

6

New Mexico

 

46

South Dakota

7

Alabama

 

47

North Dakota

8

Nevada

 

48

Massachusetts

9

Alaska

 

49

Utah

10

Oklahoma

 

50

Minnesota

 

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Key Statistics:

  • Hawaii has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.4 percent, which is 2.8 times lower than in Alaska, the highest at 6.6 percent.
     
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of the population living in poverty, 8.1 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 21.5 percent.
     
  • Utah has the lowest separation & divorce rate, 15.88 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in Nevada, the highest at 26.19 percent.
     
  • Minnesota has the lowest share of adults in fair or poor health, 12.17 percent, which is two times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 24.03 percent.
     
  • Vermont has the most psychologists per 100,000 residents, 73.64, which is 4.9 times more than in Mississippi, the fewest at 15.07.
     

Didn't see your state on the list? Click here for the complete ranking, as well as expert advice.

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