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Stress Awareness Month: WalletHub analysis shows Kentucky to be nation’s fifth-most stressed state


With April being Stress Awareness Month, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Stressed States. The statistics resulted in Kentucky ranking as the nation’s fifth most stressed.

To determine the states with the highest stress levels, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key metrics. The data set ranges from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleep.

Stress Levels in Kentucky (1=Most Stressed, 25=Avg.):

22nd – Avg. Hours Worked per Week
2nd – Share of Adults Getting Adequate Sleep
7th ­– Percent of Adults in Fair/Poor Health
1st – Job Security
10th – Median Credit Score
5th – Percent of Population Living Below Poverty Line
8th – Divorce Rate
15th – Psychologists per Capita

For the full report, please visit this website.

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi were the three top-ranked states for stress, followed by West Virginia, Kentucky and New Mexico.

Nevada, Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas rounded out the top 10.

Stress affects everyone. Although we cannot eliminate stress entirely from our lives, we can minimize it by choosing to reside in the least toxic environments. The good news is stress levels in 2016 reached their lowest point in a decade. The bad news is they’re back on the uptick this year.

During the 10-year period when stress was declining, Americans commonly identified “money, work and the economy” as their biggest sources of worry. Today, however, Americans also report increased anxiety over the election outcome, current political climate, uncertainty of our nation’s future and fear of violence.

But certain states have contributed more than others to elevating — or decreasing — stress levels in the U.S. WalletHub’s analysts therefore compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key indicators of stress to determine the places to avoid and achieve a more relaxing life.

Our data set ranges from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleep. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and our full methodology.

For a more local analysis of this topic, please visit WalletHub’s ranking of the Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.

From WalletHub Communications


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