(WVUE) - April is Stress Awareness Month and the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017's Most & Least Stressed States. Louisiana ranks No. 2, right behind Alabama, as the most stressful state.
To determine the states with the highest stress levels, WalletHub's analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key metrics. The data set ranges from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleep.
During the 10-year period when stress was declining, Americans commonly identified "money, work and the economy" as their biggest sources of worry. Today, Americans also report increased anxiety over the election outcome, current political climate, uncertainty of our nation's future and fear of violence.
Out of the 50 states surveyed, Louisiana ranked No. 2 in work-related stress, No. 5 in health and safety-related stress, No. 9 in money-related stress, and No. 10 in family-related stress.
To find a more local analysis of this topic, please visit WalletHub's ranking of the Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.