Florida ranked most stressed-out state

Fla. Named Most Stressed-Out State
Fla. Named Most Stressed-Out State

Thinking of moving? Depending on where you live, your stress levels might improve when you relocate. A new study compared the stress levels of people in different states.

Number one -- that's where Florida ranks when it comes to stressed out states, the stressed blamed on high unemployment and lack of health insurance, and the least stressed state -- North Dakota.

The study was conducted by real estate blog Movoto, which found these to be the 10 most stressed-out states:

1. Florida
2. Georgia
3. New Jersey
4. California
5. Nevada
6. Illinois
7. New York
8. Maryland
9. North Carolina
10. Arizona

Stress was measured by factors including unemployment rate, population density and percentage of the community without health insurance.

Yes, the causes of stress are different for everyone, from end of quarter reports to dinner with the in-laws to spoilers for your favorite show. But this study's criteria for measuring stress does have statistical backing. In 2013, the American Psychological Association found job pressure, money, and health to be the top three causes of stress.

If you find yourself on the wrong side of the top ten but North Dakota doesn't necessarily scream "home," where else can you move? According to the study, Iowa and South Dakota are close contenders. These are the least stressed-out states

1. North Dakota
2. Iowa
3. South Dakota
4. Minnesota
5. Nebraska
6. Vermont
7. Wyoming
8. Montana
9. Maine
10. Utah

These lists may seem surprising, but as you rush to pack your bags, you might want to take a second to pause. The weather might actually be a hidden variable affecting the stress scores, somewhat counter-intuitively.

The warmest American city is in Florida, and some of the coldest are in North Dakota and Minnesota. Common sense says warmer climates typically attract more people, which could explain a higher demand for jobs and health care - and that leads to more stress, according to the terms of the study.

No matter where you live, though, if stress is getting the best of you, the American Heart Association has some tips. It recommends positive self-talk, deep breathing, and doing something you love for at least 15 minutes daily.