Least-Stressed State? Same as Always...

Hawaii takes top honors, shocking no one

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 24, 2013 8:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – You probably won't be surprised to hear that Hawaii is, yet again, the least-stressed state in the nation, according to a new Gallup poll. (The poll has been taken each year since 2008, and Hawaii has won every time.) Just 32.1% of those polled in the state reported feeling stressed the previous day; on the other end of the spectrum sits West Virginia, with a 47.1% stress rate. Hawaii also tops the list of states "experiencing the most enjoyment." The top five least-stressed states:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. Iowa
  5. Wyoming (also made it onto the "most enjoyment" list, just beneath Hawaii)

The five most-stressed states:

  1. West Virginia (also made it onto the "least enjoyment" list, No. 5)
  2. Rhode Island (also made it onto the "least enjoyment" list, No. 1)
  3. Kentucky (also made it onto the "least enjoyment" list, No. 2)
  4. Utah
  5. Massachusetts
Oddly, Utah also made it onto the list of the top five states experiencing the most enjoyment, as it often does. The link between stress and enjoyment is obviously quite "complex," Gallup notes. Utah, along with West Virginia and Kentucky, has been in the top five for most-stressed states every time Gallup has taken the survey.

Hawaii is, yet again, the least-stressed state in the nation, according to a new Gallup poll. (The poll has been taken each year since 2008, and Hawaii has won every time.)   (AP Photo/Jaymes Song)
Hawaii also tops the list of states "experiencing the most enjoyment." The rest of the top five least-stressed states:   (AP Photo/Jaymes Song)
No. 2: Louisiana   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
No. 3: Mississippi   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
No. 4: Iowa   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
No. 5: Wyoming (also made it onto the "most enjoyment" list, just beneath Hawaii)   (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
And the top five most-stressed states: No. 1: West Virginia (also made it onto the "least enjoyment" list, No. 5)   (AP Photo/The Wheeling News Register, Scott McCloskey, File)
No. 2: Rhode Island (also made it onto the "least enjoyment" list, No. 1)   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
No. 3: Kentucky (also made it onto the "least enjoyment" list, No. 2)   (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)
No. 4: Utah. Oddly, Utah also made it onto the list of the top five states experiencing the most enjoyment, as it often does. The stress-enjoyment link is obviously quite "complex", Gallup notes.   (AP Photo/Emery County Sheriff's Office)
No. 4: Utah. Utah, along with West Virginia and Kentucky, has been in the top five for most-stressed states every time Gallup has taken the survey.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
No. 5: Massachusetts   (AP Photo/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Margo Tabb, File)
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