North Dakota is the Least Stressed-Out State in the Country
According to a series of info-graphics by Movoto Real Estate, North Dakota came in dead last in a contest we're sure you'll agree we really don't mind losing: that which determined the most stressed-out states in the lower 48.
That distinction went instead to, surprisingly enough, Florida. But, really, they can have it; we don't mind.
In order to measure stress, we selected a set of six criteria that reflect its root causes for most people and used them to look at the lower 48 states:
- Percentage of population with a long commute (over 20 minutes)
- Hours worked
- Population density
- Percentage of income spent on housing
- Percentage of population without health insurance
The higher any of these was, the more stressful [sic] the people of the state are.
Topping the list of places we just decided we never want to live, starting with the most stressed-out:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
The bottom ten, starting with the least stressed-out:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- Utah and Kansas (tied at #38)
Also included are convenient links to real estate in the most stressed out states in the nation. You know, in case you feel like you just don't have enough stress in your life as it is.