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Need to chill out? These are America's most and least stressed states.


If you're wound up from how 2017 has gone, you might want to head to the Midwest to relax. 

Minnesota was ranked as the least stressed state in the U.S., according to WalletHub. Three other upper Midwestern states rounded out the top four.

Meanwhile, the three most-stressed states were all in the Deep South. The rankings were based on stress from work, money, family and health.

Here are the 10 least-stressed states.

  1. Minnesota
  2. North Dakota
  3. Iowa
  4. South Dakota
  5. Utah
  6. Nebraska
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Vermont
  9. Colorado
  10. Wisconsin

And here are the 10 most-stressed, in descending order.

  1. Alabama
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. West Virginia
  5. Kentucky
  6. New Mexico
  7. Nevada
  8. Georgia
  9. Tennessee
  10. Arkansas
Sailing enthusiasts navigate the waters of Lake Calhoun as the Minneapolis skyline rises, shrouded in hazy skies because of elevated levels of fine particle pollution, likely the result of smoke from Canadian forest fires,Thursday, July 11, 2013. Air pollution levels are expected to remain elevated through Friday evening, July 12. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota earned its rankings thanks to winning the "health and safety" subcategory and taking second in the money-related stress category.

Other highlights from the list:

  • Alaska leads the nation in hours worked per week. Utah ranks last.
  • Kentucky had the least job security in the nation. Delaware had the most.
  • Mississippi had the highest percentage of people over the poverty line, while New Hampshire had the lowest.
  • Hawaii had the least affordable housing, while Iowa had the most affordable housing.
  • Hawaii also had the lowest average number of hours of sleep per night, while South Dakotans outsleep every other state.
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Need to chill out? These are America's most and least stressed states.

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