Sunday, April 22, 2018
Human Interest

The most stressed out state is ... wha--?!? Florida!?

Apparently, the idea of living a laid-back life in Florida is all a facade.

We're stressed over traffic, lack of health insurance and unemployment, not to mention all these people around us and the amount of money we have to pay to get a decent place to live.

Margaritaville? It's more like Worked-Up World, according to real estate blog Movoto.

Florida came in at No. 1 on its top 10 list of the most stressed out states. The study was based on a set of six criteria that reflect stress' 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)

• Unemployment

• 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 the people of the state are.

Movoto's data is from the U.S. Census' American Community Survey for 2008-2012.

The site, known for doing offbeat studies about places where people live, noted that Florida ranked as the third worst state when it came to both the percentage of the population without health insurance (25.8 percent) and unemployment rate (11.3 percent).

Here are the Top 10 most stressed out states:

1. Florida

2. Georgia

3. New Jersey

4. California

5. Nevada

6. Illinois

7. New York

8. Maryland

9. North Carolina

10. Arizona

And the least stressed? That would be North Dakota, which is as landlocked as they come.

You can see the full map and numbers at tbtim.es/stressedout.

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