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the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey is the most stressed out state in the U.S. (at least according to a recent report by Zippia). Zippia ranked their top 10 most stressed states in the U.S. Zippia is a job search site.
New Jersey with a population: 8,915,456 , tops the list for the most stressed state in the U.S. People in New Jersey work long hours, have long commutes, and have a high home price to income ratio.
If you’ve ever wondered why it is known as the garden state, perhaps beautiful gardens, fresh food, and diners are part of Jersey’s stress management program.
In order to measure how stressed out a state is, Zippia chose a set of six criteria that reflect how sleepless people are:
Long commute times
Home price to income ratio
Percent uninsured population
The higher any of these was, the more stressful the people of the state are. Our data is from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2012-2016. We ranked each state from 1 to 50 (with one being the most stressed side of the scale) in the six individual criteria.These ranks were then averaged into one stressed out score. The lower the score the more stressed out state in America.