Relax, Minnesota Scores Low On the Stress Meter

A new study finds Minnesota to be a stress-free place for its citizens.

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Preya Samsundar/Alpha News

MINNEAPOLIS — Life is good in the State of Minnesota, at least according to the latest study done about stress-free living.

According to Wallethub, an online financial service, Minnesotans deal with the least amount of stress in the country.

Wallethub uses a methodology that examines different aspects within four categories: work-related stress, money-related stress, family-related stress, and stress related to health and safety.

The study looked at aspects of everyday life including median income, hours worked every week, mental health, and suicide rates to calculate stress.

Minnesota ranked 34th in work-related stress, ranked 50th in financial-related stress, ranked 48th in family-related stress, and 51st in health-and-safety-related stress.

Minnesota is tied with North Dakota at 50 for the highest credit scores. Minnesota is also ranked 48th for having the lowest divorce rate and the most psychologists. The study also claims Minnesotans are fairly healthy, ranking the state 49th in lowest percentage of adults with fair to poor health, which could also play a role in the state’s place at 49 for most sleep.

Minnesota has done well in the past on the Wallethub stress-related studies. In 2016, out of 150 cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul were ranked 139th and 140th respectively, meaning the Twin Cities were ranked ninth and tenth as the least stressed cities.

Alabama is the number one state for stress according to the study. In 2016, Wallethub also ranked Mobile, AL second in the 150 city list as most stressed.  

Preya Samsundar

Preya Samsundar was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this Spring with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Strategic Communications. Preya has previously worked on several State Campaign Races.