Was Lynyrd Skynyrd wrong when it lyricized “Sweet Home Alabama?” According to a study by WalletHub, the Heart of Dixie is the most stressed out state in the country.
Analysts evaluated data from the U.S. Census, Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other resources, to score 33 key indicators of stress. The study determined that the most stressed states are Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, respectively. The rankings were determined and compared across four dimensions of stress: work-related, money-related, family-related, and health and safety-related.
Different weights were given to each category, which included average hours worked per week, income, divorce rates, and number of adults diagnosed with depression, among other “indicators.” Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with the highest score (100) indicating the highest level of stress.
Alabama’s score was 56.91. Respondents in Alabama had the lowest credit scores, the highest percentage of adults in fair/poor health, and the fewest psychologists per capita.
As for states experiencing the most zen? The study concluded that the least stressed state is Minnesota, followed by North Dakota and Iowa. Minnesotans had the second-lowest divorce rates, the second-most psychologists per capita and the third-most average hours of sleep per night.
Earlier this year, Minnesota was also among the happiest states in the U.S., while Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi had the lowest well-being scores.
States With 10 Most Stressed Scores:
- West Virginia
- New Mexico
States with 10 Least Stressed Scores:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire