Okay, yes, we are known as “The Garden State” and boast vast peaceful open plains, mountains, waterfalls, and such, but top ten least stressful states in the country?! Well, that’s certainly unexpected news. Try your hand at waiting on line at Fiore’s during the week or circling for 45 minutes to find a parking spot or deciding on where you’re going to get your bagel in the morning – any local would know that this is top-tier level stress. Yet, Wallethub’s latest survey places New Jersey at #10 for the least stressful states to live in – and we’re here for it.
A recent survey conducted by Wallethub found that one in three Americans sometimes feel so stressed about the pandemic that it hurts their ability to make basic decisions. “Overall stress levels are not uniform across the country, though, and certain states worry more than others about specific issues,” the site explained.
WalletHub compared the 50 states across 41 key indicators of stress to determine the places to avoid and achieve a more relaxing life. The data set ranges from average hours worked per week to the personal bankruptcy rate to the share of adults getting adequate sleep. The four key dimensions were 1) Work-Related Stress, 2) Money-Related Stress, 3) Family-Related Stress, 4) Health- + Safety-Related Stress.
The top ten most stressful states (in order) are Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee.
The top ten least stressful states (in order) are Utah, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Hawaii, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and our very own New Jersey.
It was also discovered that New Jersey is in #2 place for lowest crime rate per capita and #3 for lowest divorce rate.
While the Garden State was deemed one of the least stressful states to live in, it doesn’t mean that it comes without its stresses, of course. Nevertheless, we love our one-of-a-kind state for all of its quirks!