Y'all need to relax!

By Meghan Overdeep
November 12, 2018
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Despite the fact that the South is home to slow drawls, sweet tea and front porch rocking chairs, there's a surprising amount of stress going around below the Mason-Dixon line.

According to a new study by data analytics company Zippia ranking the most stressed out states in the U.S., the South has the market positively cornered on stress, dominating the majority of the top 10 spots on the not-so illustrious list.

Zippia used census and other government statistics from 2012-2016 to determine which states have the longest commutes, the worst unemployment, the highest home prices, and the most grueling work hours—A.K.A. the perfect stress cocktail.

Here's how they stacked up:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Georgia
  3. Florida
  4. California
  5. New York
  6. Louisiana
  7. Maryland
  8. North Carolina
  9. Virginia
  10. Mississippi

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Based on their results, seven out of the 10 most stressed states are in the South. According to Zippia, it's Georgia's combination of a high unemployment rate, a high uninsured rate, and a long commute that make it the second most stressed out state in the union. And Louisiana claimed the sixth spot thanks in large part to the fact that it ranked as a state with one of the most hours worked per week.

As for the top five least stressed states? Those honors go to Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota.
You can find more information on the study here.