How you been feeling lately? Things getting to you? Can’t stand to hear the news? Want to scream whenever you learn what’s going on?
There could be a reason for this. According to our friends over at WalletHub, Tennessee is the 10th most stressed state in the country. We rank pretty high when it comes to money and health worries, though we’re not really that bad on what we do for a living.
Of the top 10 most stressful states, seven are in the south. Louisiana was number one with top five finishes in everything but family-related stress, and they were eighth in that. Top 10 all the way!
The least stressed state was Minnesota, which seems odd considering it is winter there 11 out of 12 months a year and they have to cheer for the Vikings, which should be enough to stress out any sane person.
Here in the Volunteer state, we’re 41st in work-related stress, but fall all the way down to seventh when it comes to money and ninth in health-related areas. The two probably go together, something you know if you’ve dared to wander into a doctor’s office recently.
Here’s Tennessee ranked in specific data:
- 15th for average hours worked per week;
- 13th for adults getting adequate sleep;
- 10th for percentage of adults in poor to fair health;
- 10th for median credit score;
- 30th for housing affordability;
- 11th for percentage of the population living below the poverty line;
- 12th for divorce rate;
- Sixth for crime rate per capita;
- 16th for psychologists per capita.
Except for housing affordability and the crime rate per capita, the numbers all fall into a close area, and there’s not a top five or bottom five finish to be found. We’re not terrible, and we’re not great! Yay for us!
No reasons are given for any of these numbers, but apparently our stress levels have been rising since 2016. Not sure what happened then, but something definitely set us off. Was there a hot summer that year?
Hawaii averaged the fewest hours of sleep per night, which make sense when you live in an area where it never gets cold and you never have any reason to go inside.
Alaska worked the most hours, which also makes sense as half the year there is total darkness, so what else can you do to pass the hours besides wonder if the sun actually has ceased to exist?
Keep in mind I’m not really sure if it’s totally dark in Alaska half the year, but I really wanted to write that last paragraph and I needed it to make sense.
Arkansas was the worst when it came to being in bad health. Utah had the healthiest people.
Wyoming had the least job security where as if you live in Colorado, you can relax about keeping your job. Wyoming is so sparsely populated, three people lost their jobs and the unemployment rate went up to 50 percent.
People in Mississippi should be looked at suspiciously if they ask for a loan as their credit scores are at the bottom, but if a Minnesota resident wants a loan, you can sleep soundly knowing you’ll get it back, unless the Vikings drive them to do something desperate.
Housing will cost you a pretty penny in Hawaii, but you can get a place for a song in Iowa. Mississippi has the most poor people and New Hampshire won’t let you in its state unless you make at least $400,000 a year, which is apparently what the members of Congress consider a middle-class income.
And, the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) has both the most divorces and the highest crime rates. And it’s also where all the politicians hang out. Coincidence? Who can really know?
So, if you’re feeling stressed, at least take a little comfort in the fact you’re not alone. The whole country is stressed out.