A website used a list of criteria, compiled the data, and came up with the list of the most stressed states in the country - and NJ came out on top.

Zippia used the following items to gather data:

  • Long commute times
  • Unemployment
  • Hours worked
  • Population density
  • Home price to income ratio
  • Percent uninsured population

When the numbers got crunched, NJ landed in the #1 spot, ahead of New York at 5, and way ahead of Pennsylvania at 26. The least stressed state? Iowa, because I get when literally nothing happens in your state, there's nothing to stress about.


The map is kind of interesting. We tend to picture Florida and California as laid-back, beach vacation states, but they come in at 3 and 4, I assume because of the insane commutes (I hate driving in Florida). And tying in what what I already said about Iowa, I guess if you live in the Dakotas or Nebraska or Minnesota you just sit back and watch the corn grow or whatever the hell.

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