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The U.S. States With the Highest Amounts of Stress

15. South Carolina

Like many other southern states, South Carolina performs poorly when it comes to the health metrics of its residents (10th worst in the country). Though it has beautiful beaches, the state has high rates of sedentary behavior. It also has high rates of obesity and is not a state that has expanded Medicaid coverage. Unsurprisingly, worries about your personal health contribute to higher overall personal stress levels.

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14. Alaska

Alaska's rankings are a little all over the place. When it comes to money worries, the state is the third least stressed. So how did it nab a spot in the top 15 of the most stressed? A #1 ranking in the work stress category surely didn't help. Alaska averages the most hours of work per week of any other state in the country.

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13. Washington, D.C.

Yes, D.C. technically isn't a state, but it was included on this 51-member ranking. Unsurprisingly, as the center of the nation's government, the district's highest stress category is work-related. Their second worst performing category was family stress (4th highest in the nation). The two honestly go hand-in-hand. Long hours at work are bound to create family stress at home as well.

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12. Georgia

Unlike the other states on this list, Georgia doesn't rank in the top 10 in any of the four categories. That being said, it ranks worse than the national average across all metrics. Its poorest performing area is high levels of money-related stress. Here's to hoping that both median wages and credit scores go up in the future.

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11. Arizona

Arizona might have eternally sunny weather, but all that sunshine doesn't alleviate the family-related stress of its residents. The state ranks 3rd worst in that metric. To make matters worse, it also ranks in the top quarter of most-stressed states in the remaining three categories.

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10. Tennessee

The Volunteer State starts off the top 10 most stressed states with two top-10 individual rankings: money-related stress and health concerns. There is a silver lining, however. Tennessee residents see much lower than average stress when it comes to work concerns.

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9. Kentucky

The string of southern states continues with Kentucky. The Bluegrass State struggles with individual health, having high levels of obesity and inactive lifestyle choices. Residents here also experience the third fewest hours of sleep every night on average. The only states with worse nights sleep are West Virginia and Hawai'i.

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8. Alabama

When it comes to both money concerns and worries about health issues, Alabama ranks 6th in the nation on each front. Contributors to this include low median incomes adjusted for cost of living, low credit scores, high rates of personal bankruptcy, high proportions of the population not having health insurance, and high obesity rates.

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7. Oklahoma

When it comes to individual rankings, Oklahoma is the 5th most stressed state regarding health concerns, the 9th most stressed about work, 11th most stressed about family matters, and 15th most stressed when it comes to money. All of this adds up a solid 7th place rating overall.

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6. Arkansas

Arkansas splits the difference between its individual rankings. It's in the top 5 for two of them but then decidedly average for the other two. Health is the state's worst performer (2nd highest in the nation), even after expanding Medicaid, while money stress (4th in the nation) also contributes to residents' overall worries.

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5. Nevada

When it comes to family stress, Nevada leads the nation as the most stressed in the country. This metric is informed by high separation and divorce rates, the cost of childcare, poor parental leave policies, and the share of parents without access to emotional support. Overall, the Silver State ranks 5th most stressed.

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4. Mississippi

The Magnolia State is one of the two states with the unfortunate distinction of having all of its individual rankings within the top 10 nationally. Money matters cause the most stress for Mississippians, and they are the state that is the most-stressed in the nation when it comes to that topic.

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3. West Virginia

When Arkansas was the 2nd most-stressed state for health concerns, the only state it trailed was West Virginia. One of the contributing factors to this is a lack of sleep. Residents of the Mountain State have the second lowest number of hours slept per night on average.

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2. New Mexico

New Mexico's worst metric is family-related stress. It is second highest in the nation, right behind Nevada. It also ranks in the top 5 most stressed states for work and money matters. All of those contributed to an unfortunate overall rating of #2 most stressed state in the country.

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1. Louisiana

The Pelican State has the sad distinction of being the most stressed state in the nation. Like Mississippi, it ranks in the top 10 in all four individual metrics. Its two worst areas, money- and health-related stress, are closely followed by work-related stress, all 3 being in the top 5 worst in the country.

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