West Virginia ranked fourth most stressed state in the nation

By WENDY HOLDREN

The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — According to a recently released WalletHub analysis, West Virginia is the fourth most stressed state in the nation, largely due to job security and poor health.

To determine the states with the highest stress levels, WalletHub analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across four key dimensions — work-related stress, money-related stress, family-related stress, and health and safety-related stress.

Across the different metrics analyzed, West Virginia ranked worst overall in percentage of adults in poor health, and third worst in job security.

Until 2017, WalletHub reports stress levels were on a 10-year decline. Stress levels had reached their lowest point in a decade in 2016.

Today, common sources of worry are identified as money, work, the economy, the election outcome, current political climate, the uncertainty of America’s future, and fear of violence.

West Virginia ranked ninth worst for number of adults getting an adequate amount of sleep and percentage of residents living below the poverty line. The Mountain State ranked No. 12 in median credit score, No. 15 in average hours worked per week, and No. 16 for its divorce rate.

The top five most stressed states are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Kentucky. The least stressed states are Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota and Utah.

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