In line with celebrating April being Stress Awareness Month, personal finance website WalletHub conducted a study about the "Most & Least Stressed Cities in America." WalletHub confirmed that in 2016, stress levels were at their lowest in a decade. However, it jumped back right in 2017.
According to the site, "money, work, and the economy" are Americans' greatest worries in life. Moreover, people worry about the political climate and the tension it brought, as well as the possible violence that looms in the future. However, WalletHub compared the 50 states with their 33 stress indicators as means for their methodology.
"The data set ranges from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleep," said WalletHub in a press statement released to Travelers Today. Overall, Alabama is the most stressed state in America, claiming the spot while consistently being at the top six for the metrics basis.
Meanwhile, Minnesota is the least stressed state in America, as well as the region that has lower problems in money-related stress and health- and safety-related pressure. Furthermore, the state that has the longest working hours per week is Alaska while ranking 12th in the total stress rate. The places where the fewest work hours can be found are in Utah.
Additionally, the report also showed that it's a bit easier to find a job in New Hampshire and South Dakota as they have the lowest unemployment rate, while New Mexico emerged as the highest. New Hampshire also enjoyed as being the lowest in the share of the population living below the poverty line and proportion of adults in fair or poor health.
And given the importance of sleep in alleviating stress, it seemed like Hawaii has fewer average snoozes compared to South Dakota. Probably, this is because Hawaii also ranks first as the state with the least affordable housing.
More information regarding the rankings can be found here. WalletHub has partnered with different agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau, Kaiser Family Foundation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and The Road Information Program among many others to make the report happen.