Location, location, location.
You’ve heard that mantra applied in real estate circles, but who knew it applied to stress, too?
That’s what WalletHub‘s analysis of the “Most and Least Stressed States in the U.S.” tells us anyway. The study, which examined all 50 states and the District of Columbia, analyzed 33 stress factors, like average hours of work per week or how much sleep adults get, to create their list of stressful states.
Though stress levels overall in the U.S. had been trending downward for a while, recent evidence indicates stress levels are on the rise once again, according to the WalletHub report.
On a 10-point scale from, “little or no stress”, to “a great deal of stress,” Americans’ encompassing stress levels rose from a 4.8 to 5.1 between August of last year, to January 2017.
The research also looked at divorce rates, which were the lowest in Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Dakota and Utah. WalletHub’s study also determined the states with the lowest credit scores, and states with the least affordable housing.
The data came from sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
So which states should you avoid if you’re looking for a stress-free life? Check out the top 10 most stressed-out states: