Mississippi ranked as ‘most stressful state’

Feeling a bit stressed as you read this? Is work a little overwhelming? The kids just get too much around the house? If you live in Mississippi, you apparently are not alone.  

A new study done by the website WalletHub shows that Mississippi is the most-stressed state in the country. Forty-one key indicators of stress were used to compare the 50 states, according to WalletHub’s financial writer Adam McCann.

“Our data set ranges from average hours worked per week to the personal bankruptcy rate to the share of adults getting adequate sleep,” McCann wrote.  

The range of findings goes from the effects COVID-19 has had, work deadlines and relationship issues. Growing inflation is another factor.  

This study comes as April is Stress Awareness Month to raise awareness of the negative impact of stress.  

Among the areas where Mississippi ranked high is in leading the country in median credit score and percentage of population living in poverty. The Magnolia State ranked second in the nation for the percentage of adults in fair or poor health, and is fourth in the United States for worries about job security and in divorce rate.  

Other areas where Mississippi ranked most stressful is in average hours worked per week (8th) and share of adults getting adequate sleep (11th). 

Neighboring states also ranked high in the survey, with Louisiana ranked second, Arkansas sixth, Alabama seventh, and Tennessee is ranked 11th in the nation. By contrast, the Upper Midwest finished near the bottom of the list with Minnesota the least-stressful state in the country.  

Data used to create this ranking were collected from several sources listed in the report, which can be found here: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-stressed-states/32218 

Bob Bakken

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