South Dakota among least stressed states

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wallet Hub) – With April being Stress Awareness Month and the coronavirus becoming America’s biggest stressor in 2020, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Most & Least Stressed States as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the states with the highest stress levels, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 41 key metrics. The data set ranges from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleep.

Most Stressed States Least Stressed States
1. Louisiana 41. Maryland
2. Mississippi 42. Wisconsin
3. New Mexico 43. Colorado
4. Arkansas 44. Hawaii
5. West Virginia 45. New Hampshire
6. Nevada 46. Utah
7. Kentucky 47. Iowa
8. Alabama 48. South Dakota
9. Oklahoma 49. North Dakota
10. Alaska 50. Minnesota

Key Stats

  • North Dakota and Vermont have the lowest unemployment rate, 2.40 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Alaska, the highest at 6.10 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of the population living in poverty, 7.90 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 20.80 percent.
  • Utah has the lowest separation & divorce rate, 15.80 percent, which is 1.7 times lower than in Nevada, the highest at 26.28 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of adults in fair or poor health, 12.76 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in West Virginia, the highest at 23.67 percent.
  • Rhode Island has the most psychologists per 100,000 residents, 91.80, which is 8.9 times more than in Mississippi, the fewest at 10.37.

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