We came across some unexpected news and just had to share. New Jersey was ranked one of the top ten least stressful states in the country and while yes, “The Garden State” has its fair share of open plains, mountains, waterfalls, and more, we couldn’t help but be surprised. Try your hand at driving up and down Bloomfield Avenue to try to find a parking spot or driving to Newark Airport literally any time of the day – 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!