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10 Most and Least Stressed States in the U.S. 

Some areas are experiencing more stress than others.

No matter where you live, you've likely been reaching for the stress ball over the past few years—the pandemic redefined our experience with stress about personal safety, while the resulting inflation continues to hit many Americans right in the wallets. But some areas are experiencing more stress than others. Earlier this year, WalletHub released a survey ranking every state on its residents' level of stress. Researchers analyzed four common areas of stress: Work, money, family, and health and safety. They looked at factors ranging from the number of hours worked and hours of quality sleep to the number of personal bankruptcies. Each state was rated from 1 to 100 (with 100 signifying the most stress). According to that analysis, these are the 10 most and least stressed states in the country. 

Least Stressed States: Virginia

The skyline of Lynchburg, Virginia
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Overall score: 37.53

The researchers found that Virginians are pretty stressed about work (coming in 14th among states), but they're quite comfortable about money (43rd) and their health and safety (47th).  

North Dakota

North Dakota

Overall score: 37.28

Although the survey found that North Dakotans experience enough work-related stress to land in the top 10 among states (ranking sixth overall), relatively low placings in money and family stress (44th and 48th, respectively), made it the ninth-least stressed state overall. 


a wooden sign that says "Connecticut Welcomes You" in a park

Overall score: 37.17

Residents of Connecticut enjoy relatively low stress related to money (ranking 47th among states) and health and safety (43rd). 

New Jersey

Newark is the largest city in New Jersey. Newark is one of largest rail and air hubs in the nation. Newark is known for its glamorous performing arts venues, premium outlet mall, museums, and the argest collection of cherry blossoms.

Overall score: 36.59

Although New Jersey is the 17th-most stressed state about work, its residents ranked 48th for amount of money stress and 42nd for health and safety stress, landing the Garden State as the seventh-least stressed state in the nation.   


state capitol in des moines iowa

Overall score: 36.59

With nationwide rankings of 49th for money-related stress and 42nd for family-related stress, Iowa came in as the sixth-least-stressed state overall. 


landscape photo of homes and lake in Boston, Massachusetts at dusk

Overall score: 36.55

Although Massachusetts ranked 16th among states for work-related stress, it ranked 49th for health-and-safety-related stress (perhaps because of the state's long reputation as the pioneer of universal healthcare) and 39th and 38th for money and family stress, respectively. 

South Dakota

mount rushmore, presidents, rock, south dakota
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Overall score: 35.15

South Dakotans experience the least amount of family-related stress in the nation, the researchers found. That makes South Dakota the fourth-least stressed state nationwide, even though it only ranked 26th for health-and-safety-related stress. 

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Overall score: 34.97

New Hampshire ranked 47th for money-related stress and 45th for work-related stress, securing a berth as the third-least-stressed state in the U.S. overall. 


delicate arch, utah

Overall score: 34.36

Utah is the second-least stressed state in the nation. Although money-related stress was relatively high (17th), Utah came in last for work-related stress and 49th for family-related stress. 


Minnesota, downtown Minneapolis
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With an overall score of 30.42, Minnesota ranked as the least-stressed state in the country, finishing last among states for money-related stress and in the bottom 8 of all other metrics, including work-, family- and health-and-safety-related stress.  

Most Stressed States: Oklahoma

a blue "Welcome to Oklahoma" sign off of a highway

Overall score: 52.76

Oklahomans' stress levels are high across the board: They finished eighth for health and safety stress, 12th for money, 13th for work, and 14th for family. 


Houston, Texas, USA downtown cityscape at dusk.

Overall score: 53.34

Texas ranked fifth nationwide for both work and family stress, landing it at ninth place for stress nationwide.


The skyline of Louisville, Kentucky

Overall score: 53.41

Although Kentucky ranked 22nd nationwide for work-related stress, the state's level of money and health and safety stress landed in the top 10 (eighth and fifth, respectively).


state capitol in montgomery alabama

Overall score: 54.55

Researchers found that Alabamians are the country's second-most stressed about money and the sixth-most stressed about their health and safety.


little rock arkansas

Overall score: 55.23

Arkansas residents are the country's most stressed about their health and safety, the survey found. They ranked fifth for money stress and ninth for work-related stress. 


a white "Welcome to Nevada" sign off of a highway and within dirt and rocks

Overall score: 57.17

Nevada ranked as the #2 state for family stress. That, along with a tenth-place finish for money stress and #12 ranks for both work and health and safety stress put it as the fifth most stressed state.

West Virginia

charleston west virginia skyline

Overall score: 57.58

The researchers found that West Virginia ranks #2 among states for health-and-safety-related stress, and #6 for both family and money stress. 

New Mexico

ancient dwellings of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taos Pueblo in New Mexico
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Overall score: 58.24

Although New Mexico ranked 26th among states for work-related stress, it ranked #1 for family-related stress and #3 for money-related stress, landing in the top three states for stress nationwide.


New Orleans Louisiana
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Overall score: 58.32

Louisiana ranked third among states for work and health-and-safety stress, and fourth for money-related stress, coming in as the second-most stressed state overall. 

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a blue "Welcome to Mississippi" sign off of a highway and within the grass

Overall score: 58.80

The researchers found that Mississippi was the most stressed state in the country over money, and the fourth most stressed about about work. Residents also rank in the top 10 for family (ninth) and health and safety stress (seventh).

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