- Fiza Pirani The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Everyone gets a little stressed out now and then, but residents in some American states tend to have it worse than others.
According to personal finance website WalletHub’s most and least stressed states in the nation for 2017, Georgians encounter more stress than residents in most other states.
Analysts examined all 50 states and the District of Columbia across four key dimensions: work-related stress, money-related stress, family-related stress and health-/safety-related stress.
The dimensions were evaluated by 33 relevant metrics. For example, job security, work hours and commute time fell under work-related stress.
Parental leave policies and childcare costs were assessed to determine family-related stress scores.
Data from the U.S. Census, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Housing and Urban Development and several other sources were collected to create this ranking.
The most stressed state in the nation, according to WalletHub, is Alabama. And Minnesotans are the least stressed.
The state scored in the top five for high work-related, money-related and family-related stress.
Georgia came in eighth on the list.
The state also ranked among the top five for lowest credit score and fewest average hours of sleep per night, analysts found.
Here are the top 10 most stressed states in the country:
- West Virginia
- New Mexico
Last year, WalletHub conducted a similar study in which analysts examined 150 American cities to determine the most and least stressed in the country.
Columbus ranked No. 7 for its low scores for average weekly hours worked and job security, and Augusta ranked eleventh on the list.
While Atlanta came in at No. 31 most stressed overall, it was the fourth most stressed city in Georgia for money-related issues.