We all think our lives are very stressful. But are they? Really? I mean compared to other places in the world, or even here in the U.S.

Family dysfunction, financial distress, health issues, job complications, car trouble, political disagreements; the list is long and most of us have dealt with all of these at one time or another. But like everything else in our personal lives, it is all relative to our own situations.

Now, according to the number-crunching bean counters at WalletHub, here in South Dakota, we have much less to stress over than say, the most stressed-out people in America, who happen to live in Mississippi. (I get anxious just thinking about living there!)

A devastating tornado outbreak just destroyed entire towns in Mississippi on Friday night, March 24, which will only compound the stress they feel on a daily basis.

And apparently, the least anxious humans in the land live in (drumroll, please): Minnesota! South Dakota came in fourth for this little stress study. Yup, we're very unstressed here in South Dakota.

There were 4 categories that WalletHub used to determine stress levels:

  • Work-related issues
  • Money problems
  • Family-related issues
  • Health & Safety problems

Within these categories they compared things like; divorce rates, childcare costs, median incomes, bankruptcy filings, housing affordability, access to healthcare providers, average hours worked per week, job security and so much more.

Data for their report was gathered from a long list of sources, like; the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDC, US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Gallup-Healthways, the FBI, and more.

Here are the Top 5 Least Stressed-Out States in the U.S-

  1. Minnesota
  2. Utah
  3. New Hampshire
  4. South Dakota
  5. Massachusetts

And these are the Top 5 Most Stressed-Out States in the U.S.-

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. New Mexico
  4. West Virginia
  5. Nevada

Source: Wallet Hub

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