Study Ranks States For Stress


It turns out happiness isn’t all sunshine and beaches- a recent study found that Floridians are the most stressed population in all of America, which might not be surprising when you realize almost 26 percent of the population doesn’t have health insurance and a sizeable 11 percent of the population is unemployed.

The study measured stress according to six separate criteria: percentage of population with a long commute (measured as more than 20 minutes), unemployment, hours worked, population density, percentage of income spent on housing, and population percentage without health insurance. The study was conducted by the real estate blog Movato.

“We basically just determined criteria for stressful environments, scraped public data, and put it into an algorithm,” says Nick Johnson, Movato’s public relations director.

Each state was ranked from the most stressed to the least stressed in the six evaluation criteria using data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey from 2008-2012. Next, gathered scores were averaged into one comprehensive score that showed the general stress level of each state.

Considering stress can lead to a plethora of health problems, from weight gain to heart disease, higher blood pressure to a weakened immune system, this study helps shed light on the health prospects of our nation from a more micro, state-by-state perspective.

Georgia, New Jersey, California, and Nevada rounded out the top five most-stressed states.

The study found that North Dakota- which dominated each positive category sans hours worked- is the least-stressed state in the nation.


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