Study reveals most, least stressed states in US

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 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.

Man feeling stressed out
Stress seems to be prevalent in America’s southern states, according to WalletHub’s annual study.

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
1 Alabama 56.91 5 2 5 6
2 Louisiana 56.22 2 9 10 5
3 Mississippi 55.62 18 1 4 7
4 West Virginia 55.43 4 11 24 1
5 Kentucky 54.39 7 7 16 4
6 New Mexico 53.76 3 8 7 19
7 Nevada 52.74 6 20 2 21
8 Georgia 52.10 9 13 3 14
9 Tennessee 51.93 26 5 18 8
10 Arkansas 51.17 44 3 22 2
11 South Carolina 50.46 25 12 13 12
12 Alaska 49.67 1 42 27 13
13 Florida 49.60 16 16 6 22
14 Arizona 48.17 19 18 11 25
15 Oklahoma 47.63 37 28 14 3
16 North Carolina 47.26 14 22 15 30
17 Ohio 45.69 32 26 20 15
18 District of Columbia 45.64 35 14 1 50
19 Indiana 45.64 42 27 19 10
20 Missouri 45.33 38 24 23 11
21 Oregon 45.28 36 4 45 16
22 Michigan 45.19 33 30 21 9
23 California 45.08 10 10 41 42
24 Texas 45.07 17 39 8 20
25 New York 45.06 21 17 33 27
26 Rhode Island 44.85 30 23 31 18
27 Maine 44.09 28 19 46 17
28 Pennsylvania 43.63 22 31 25 24
29 Delaware 42.59 29 37 12 32
30 Virginia 42.14 8 48 17 39
31 Idaho 42.02 46 21 37 26
32 Illinois 41.89 11 35 32 37
33 Maryland 41.55 20 41 9 44
34 Washington 41.53 24 32 34 28
35 Montana 41.33 49 15 44 23
36 Hawaii 40.99 31 6 47 49
37 Massachusetts 40.42 27 34 28 41
38 Wyoming 39.82 13 51 30 29
39 Connecticut 39.52 15 43 38 33
40 Kansas 39.45 23 38 35 40
41 New Jersey 39.32 12 45 39 36
42 Wisconsin 38.41 41 36 36 34
43 Colorado 37.28 47 33 26 45
44 Vermont 36.27 39 25 50 47
45 New Hampshire 35.83 48 47 29 35
46 Nebraska 35.51 40 40 43 43
47 Utah 34.71 50 44 42 31
48 South Dakota 34.41 51 29 49 48
49 Iowa 33.66 45 46 40 46
50 North Dakota 33.16 43 49 51 38
51 Minnesota 31.07 34 50 48 51

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.


  1. Ironically, or not, the most stressful states are also the most obese… The culprit, elevated cortisol… our stress hormone… Many studies are confirming this finding world-wide for the obesity pandemic…

    1. I’m going with “not” since the categories they used to reach their B.S. conclusions were listed.

    2. This study has nothing to do with measured or surveyed levels of stress. It simply uses a bunch of statistics, like median income and divorce, which are at best merely tangentially related to stress.

  2. Good everyone keep thinking Alabama is so bad. We all love it here and don’t mind it being our little secret. SWEET HOME ALABAMA!! ROLL TIDE ROLL!! WAR EAGLE!!! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

  3. Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa are the least stressful states. Could it have anything to do with the lack of a certain minority and the high crime rate always present when their numbers are very high in the population? Very large populations of that minority in those states tagged as the most stressful. No hate, just pointing out the obvious conclusion this study so pointedly ignores.

    1. I lived in a small town in Iowa several years ago, and still keep up with news from there. 99% White, quiet, extremely low crime rate, beautiful friendly people, clean well kept town. I now live in Florida, and work at different locations throughout the southeast, most recently just outside of Jackson, MS. Jackson is 80%black, dirty, extremely high crime rate, crumbling infrastructure, high rate of HIV infection. Any country, state, county, city, town, neighborhood, apartment complex that is full of them turns into a hole.

    2. No racist it has nothing to do with minorities and every thing to do with the 1% pitting the 99% against each other. Convincing you that education is bad, those people are bad, and blaming everything on everyone else! You are sick, uneducated and left behind because the 1% like it that way. Don’t worry as long as you are stupid you can have at least the black folks to look down on.

    1. Yep…..because the entire world revolves around your football team…..#RollEyes

        1. On the contrary….I get it a lot more than these hillbillies because I didn’t marry my sister or my cousin.

          1. Are you sure? You might want to check into I have a sneaking suspicion that family tree of yours looks a lot like a flag pole.

          2. You’re projecting. is doing a promotional event with to provide tickets to Alabama games that ensure you’re sitting next to your closest blood relative. You should look into it……

          3. Remember, the key to being witty is to be original. Your response ranks up there with “i know you are, but what am I” or the whole rubber and glue thing.

          4. I’m surprised you can spell “original”…..let me guess, it must be because it’s on the KFC menu, right?

  4. Click bait.

    The free credit score website released its list of the Most and Least Stressed States, giving Americans a glimpse at how their home address could be affecting them.
    I’d be really careful about any study conducted by a free credit score operation.

  5. Maybe we will get less snowbirds next year? Nah, that won’t happen. Go anywhere on the coast, Alabama, Miss., Texas, FL, and you will find all these people who hate the south in the months of Oct – March.

    1. Someone has to pay your bills. You broke, sick, uneducated bottom feeders need those Yankee liberal dollars or you would be broke. Just think what you would have to do to survive on your social security disability alone. No Yankee liberals and your daughter would be pole dancing for their brothers like in the olden days.

        1. Yes important things like jobs, redden,writting and rithmatick. Things like sex with your sister is bad and no your daughter should not be pole dancing to support your oxy habit.

        1. and they all said thank you! I am so happy your racist ass never talks to me anymore. Even your mother is relieved.

        1. My ignorant WOP ancestors conquered the south. He marched with Sherman and conquered the south. That means I can go any where I want. PS I actually have a job so I can travel where I want. I am not reliant on My social security disability or my daughters pole dancing money. PS I am even reliant on my illegal oxy to cope with how hard it is to be a white man in America.

          1. The South wasn’t conquered you ignorant Diego, the Conferate States Of America, a sovereign nation, was attacked illegally by the United States and Sherman and other non principled invaders used tactics that would make ISIS blush. Nothing to be proud of unless you have no honor.

          2. Okay they surrendered and their army’s were defeated in the field their President Fled and my ancestor was a part of it. The slaves were freed and generational slavery was ended something that would make ISIS Blush. Evil was ended and I am very proud my ancestor was involved in the destruction of a society that said it was okay to treat human beings as if they were animals. Yes proud that my ancestor ended slavery in the United and we tried to finally full fill the Statemetn “all men are created equal”. PROUD AS HELL

          3. So with the black devils rapeing, robbing and murdering more people each year than ISIS you are proud of your ancestors destroying a legitimate sovereign nation and turning black hell loose not only on the confederacy and our women and children but also on your own. In fact the crime rate for blacks in yankee land is much worse than it is down South, I call that just rewards.

          4. I know white people never murdered anyone. Wait a minute white christian males tried to wipe out he Jews. A systematic state annihilation of entire races of people. Shit in your lifetime probably! So I guess all white people are mass murderers by your definition. I think the blacks were very easy on their oppressors. You don’t find many stories of unleashing the hell that a white guy would have done in retaliation. I know you are white and they were always so nice to others. Boob.

          5. Reality let me think!! I guess Jim Crow never happened. How are are you if you are my age you remember it clearly. What White Christian civilized folk didn’t try to systematically wipe out the Jewish race in Europe? Are you saying that did not happen? Again how old are you?? It may have happened in your life time. Pretending one race is more evil or lazy or one religion is more violent is just that fiction. History calls you a liar.

      1. Hey Brian, your liberal HAG Hillary LOST. Still whining about it? That’s too bad. We Deplorables LOVE your suffering. It really makes our day!

        1. I am not suffering. I am not a white man that cries about how hard it is to be a white man in America. I am doing just fine unlike the left behind deplorable.

      2. Well, bless your heart. I can see you don’t have a southern man’s upbringing. You kiss your mama with that mouth? Of course we welcome all snowbirds for their liberal yankee dollars. They spend just fine. I was being a bit snarky. As for being uneducated, I guess you got me there. I just got through my junior year of college and quit to support my husband in his career. However my daughter has two degrees and works for an international airport. She speaks 3 languages and taught English in Germany. So, even though she cannot pole dance, I am sure she can make a living. My son is trying for disability however because he has brain cancer. Now, aren’t you so smart you made fun of my life.

        1. A southern man’s up brining my age would have been taught that he could treat blacks badly because he could. Not that he was better but just because he was born white he was special. You don’t welcome you rely on the yankee dollars because you state sucks! Sick, Broke and poor you made it that way it wasn’t the liberals fault. Uneducated as a whole the entire region lagging the nation any measurement of wellness. I did make fun of your life pretending that white folks have it so bad in america.

          1. My state sucked because it was run by liberals since the civil war. You need to get educated on who runs things and for how long. I think maybe you believe that democrats used to be republicans or some such nonsense. Our house and senate has been democrat run for over 100 yrs. Only recently did the republicans take control. How do you know anything about the south? Have you been here? Did you read about it in liberal news? For some reason we don’t have huge uprisings here or large outbreaks of riots. I wonder why that is? Could it be that we have learned the secret to getting along? Sure we have our problems and they are bad, but we are working on it. Solutions don’t come from name calling and back biting. Your posts are full of hate. Get a grip and realize that our blood is the same and we all belong to one race. The human race.

          2. You state was never run by liberals. They were Dixiecrats! I know all about the south I live in the south and have lived all over the country and all over the world. What are you talking about no up risings remember the 1960’s America Citizens dying just because they wanted to vote. If I was white and raised in the south my southern home training would have taught me that was okay and fine!! (great manners) Solutions do come from name calling especially if that name is Racist. Especially if the entire political frame work is based on fiction. This fiction is so easy to spread because of the racist predisposition in many red states. I know the darkies were just fine until the Yankee Agitators got involved they were perfectly happy with third class citizen ship. They never complained because they would get killed. The funniest part about this is that the whites are so easy to manipulate. They allow the state to protect the 1% all the while they get sicker and poorer and lag the nation in every definition of well being. I know they all they need say is jebus and guns and those people and you happily disregard fact and accept fiction. Solutions come from facts but you don’t need facts you are a conservative and facts just get in the way!

          3. Sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder. As I said before, you are the one living in a hate filled world. Come join us in the human race. There is room for you here.

          4. I have no chip on my shoulder I just shake my head at ignorance. I was not left behind I am doing fine. I don’t cry about how hard it is to be a white man in America. The Human race is everyone even the darkies so its time you joined the human race and stop pretending you are not a racist deplorable.

          5. You are the ignorant. Calling me racist because of where I live without any knowledge of who I am as a person. I have been there before. That is reverse racism. Now stop trolling conservative sites and go where you think you are the smartest person in the room because believe me you are not.

          6. My father was a Mississippi Delta cotton farmer for 51 years and we had 250 nigras living on the farm when I was born. They used to get a kick out of seeing my dad run the New York Jew rabble rousers off the plantation when they came to start trouble with the field hands. You seem to be like those scum he put in the road.

          7. They laughed to his face because if they didn’t they he could have them killed. So proud Jim Crow!!! A true deplorable.

          8. The reason the southern states are below the northern states in average income is because it is cheaper to live here and the Nigras bring the average down and draw checks off yankee tax dollars.

          9. You only wish that was the case. Every measurement every single one the Southern Red States lag the nation. Income, education, health every single measurement for happiness. No the average income is lower because your state is an economic basic case. It is a basket case because deplorable like you love it that way.

        1. Very happy because I don’t cry about how hard it is to be a white man in America. I don’t shiver at night over fear of the Muslims. I don’t arm myself to the teeth because I feel some drug addled minority might be after me. I don’t live in fear and I surely don’t pretend history never happened.

  6. #’s don’t make sense such as Arkansas scored 44 on work related stress when highest score is 25??? Not buying this study too much!

    1. HaHa-Exactly! I wouldn’t live in Maryland or New Jersey if they gave me a mansion and a million bucks a year.

  7. I chose to move to Alabama 15 years ago as a relief from living in Cali, (both northern and southern) Chicago (3 years) and South Jersey (4 years). Please keep telling others this is the worst place to live … 😉

    1. Goes for everywhere South of the M/D line. It sux down here. Nothin’ but rednecks, diesel trucks, and fat women. We have horrible weather, no warm water to enjoy, and we live crammed into tiny houses stacked up on top of each other without any wide open spaces. Don’t even fly here for winter vacation; it’s horrible.

  8. Mostly bogus, as the study does not account for cultural differences and the psychology at work in peoples lives. The list would be closer to reality if you split it in the middle, inverted each half, then rejoined it.

  9. And how exactly did they conclude, for example, that higher income actually equates to less stress? Whoever put this garbage together clearly never heard the words “scientific” and “method” in the same sentence.

  10. Not buying it. The study should say “perceived” stress. Until you actually talk to somebody and determine how stressed they truly are, there is no accurate measurement. Everybody handles situations differently. I call bunk on this study.

  11. I think the states that are the most stress have the most black populations? Same with those with the most whites seem to have the less? Could be wrong but seems that ties in here. Also those southern states have more heat (humidity) in summer. The study should have looked into that.

  12. This whole thing makes no sense.

    First of all, how is Alabama the most stressed state when its 4 contributing scores are all single digits? Does that mean the closer a score is to 0, the worse it is, and if so, since when did that become a viable rating system? What is the sample set on this? What is the cap – 50 points, 60 points, 100; it’s never explained, and is completely arbitrary as the lowest score is in the 30s, and highest in the 50s. It’s idiotic, to say the least. Furthermore, Alabama has very little industry, and a high welfare rate – so what are people stressing about other then black crime (however, with Alabama being an open carry state, even that shouldn’t be a huge factor, similar to Arizona)?

    Let’s just be honest here – the only real correlation between misery and happiness seems to be either a large or small black population. The bigger the black population, the more miserable people seem, which is do to black crime and increased welfare, and the added threat of domestic terrorism. Of course, all of that is very non-PC, so we’ll just skip it.

    Then we go to the other end of the spectrum – Minnesota. Those numbers make no sense – all high double digits, but a lower overall score – what?

    What idiot wrote this?

  13. Worked in Louisiana with the Cajuns who are the least stressed people on this planet. Laissez le bon ton roulet!

        1. On the contrary….I live in Florida…..we’ve been invaded by these inbred rednecks because, once again, there’s nothing to do in Bama except drink, make babies and watch football… they come down here to drink and make babies on the beach.

      1. Sorry to inform you, but the Yankee firm conducting this ridiculous survey has DC on the list. The surveyors must have gone to Harvard Law school with ODumbo…. after all he thinks the US has 57 states.

  14. Stupid study. Narrow it down to cities and see what ranks 1…Los Angeles! Sit in traffic for most of your life with idiot drivers.

  15. Wow who would have thunk it. The typical red states again at the top of the list for a negative situation. I know you in bred morons have all the answers. The problems your answers are all wrong. America we should all follow the GOP Mantra lets all hold hands and race to the bottom.

      1. I know you have all the answers but why are all the answers wrong. Why do the red states in every single study. Not one now two but every study lag the entire nation in every single category. I know jebus and guns. You rubes are just so easy manipulate just say the darkies guns and jebus and you all march off a cliff. You actually revel in your ignorance.

    1. Texas is doing great, thanks. After the 2008 crash, one fomented by Bill Clinton when he repealed Glass Steagal nine years earlier (as all economists agree), Texas alone created more net new private sector jobs than did the other 49 US states COMBINED. You leftists should be on your knees, thanking RED Texas for basically producing 1/5th of net GDP growth during the obama years, and it was because Texas is RED. Low cost, low tax, high salary, as a study last year determined [that Houston is the number one place on Earth for highest effective PPP – Purchasing Power Parity].

  16. Let me get this straight: a panel of “experts” evaluated stress levels based on metrics they collected, and subjectively assigned stress scores to each state? Looking at the raw data collection, I find it is predominantly weighted by metrics from urban areas and fails to take into account the suburbs and rural areas. Well, of course. If you limit the data collection to blighted inner cities, you will have find high levels of stress. Living in Alabama, my experience is that life in the suburbs and rural areas is great. Believe what you will.

  17. Alabama is stressful. If you’re younger and you work for a living, you’re dogged every which way by the geriatrics and “disabled” folk clogging up everything from checkout lines to the roadways.

  18. Calling BS on this “study” — Louisiana has a lower suicide rate than both North Dakota and Iowa. North Dakota is considered one of the least stressful states according to this study….Has one of the highest suicide rates in the country! – Someone explain that?

  19. Silly, median income is great, but if it is not related to local cost of goods and services it is meaningless. Houston was rated #1 on the globe for highest median salary and lowest median cost of living, as is much of low tax low cost Texas.
    Meanwhile, ask someone in CA or NY how cost of living is going? Surely such an oversight of this magnitude basically delegitimizes this list. That right there is probably the biggest single stressor.

  20. 99% of those conducting these studies are leftists, so of course they only produce results that are tailor made to promote blue states, when everyone who has lived in both a blue state and a red state knows that the blue states are super high stress and the red states are havens.

  21. Articles like this are just bait for people that want to make Everything about politics and want to smear and stereotype other regions of the country.

  22. What the m0r0ns who did the study don’t understand is there are two kinds of stress: distress and eustress. Distress may be harmful; eustress is beneficial. What the goons running the study did wrong was to not differentiate between the two. Eustress … look it up.

  23. We love the South but our negroes seem to be very stressed and we sure don’t want our negroes to be stressed so we are sending 20,000,000 to Minnesota to relieve their stress levels. Enjoy!

  24. Delaware is a shi&hole and is filled with Idiocracy extras. There’s absolutely nothing redeeming about it…..Hmmm, minus no sales tax, other than that one thing, it is a stressful hellhole.

  25. So when did DC become a state? What are the other 6 (or 7) states that are in the union. Obama said there were 57 states,

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