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Texas ranks as one of the most stressed states in US

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According to a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub, Texas ranks ninth among the most stressed states, with Texas’s highest-ranked category coming in work-related stress, where Texas ranked second. 

Texas had a calculated score of 53.38 out of 100, ranking fourth in family-related stress, No. 32 in money-related stress and No. 14 in stress related to health and safety. The lower the ranking the more stressed the state is in that category, according to the report.  

The most effective ways to fight stress are often not financial-related, Maryanna Klatt, director of integrative health at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, wrote in a statement, as long as a person has cleared the lowest financial threshold of what has been determined to mean not having finances be a source of dissatisfaction. 

“I am convinced that above the lowest threshold, awareness of what brings us joy versus what stresses us out is the most important thing to sculpt a life worth living,” Klatt wrote. 


WalletHub compared the 50 states across four dimensions, including “Work-Related Stress,” “Money-Related Stress,” “Family-Related Stress” and “Health- & Safety-Related Stress.” 

Those dimensions were evaluated using 41 relevant metrics, with each metric graded on a 100-point scale with a score of 100 representing the highest level of stress. Each state’s weighted average was then calculated across all metrics to find an overall score and the resulting scores were used to rank-order the states. 

Work-related stress included average hours worked per week and unemployment rate; money-related stress included median income and personal bankruptcy rate; family-related stress included cost of childcare and share of single parents and health- and safety-related stress included share of insured population and percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. 

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Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Council for Community and Economic Research and the National Partnership for Women & Families. 



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