A new study produced by WalletHub shows that Alabama is the most stressed state in the country. According to their findings, Alabamians have, on average, less access to mental health care, lower credit scores, and poor sleep habits.
WalletHub performed their analysis by comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across the four dimensions of work-related stress, money-related stress, family-related stress, and health and safety-related stress.
In the composite, Alabama ranked fifth in work-related stress, second in money-related stress, fifth in family-related stress, and sixth in health and safety stress.
Right behind Alabama in the stress rankings were Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The least stressed-out states in the union Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Utah.
Although Alabamians are more stressed-out than their fellow countrymen, Americans as a whole are less stressed than they were ten years ago. However, the trend of annual decreased stress was reversed this year with a slight uptick.
According to surveys, Americans report that the election outcome, current political climate, uncertainty of our nation’s future, and fear of violence are reasons why national anxiety has increased. This is a change from the popular reasons listed in the early 2000s such as money or the economy.