Bundles of Stress: Texas Has Most Stressed-Out Locals

Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

Deep in the heart of Texas (or for that matter all of the Lone Star State) April marks National Stress Awareness Month.

At BetTexas.com, we write about the future prospects for legal Texas sports betting, but we also cover lifestyle topics. So we used Google Trends to see what states were most actively seeking β€œstress reducing,” to create a list of the top 10 states most stressed out. We also ranked the top five most calm, cool, and collected states. We conducted this research using data collected from Feb. 25 to March 25, 2024.

Here are the most stressed states:

Most Stressed States

Rank State Search Interest Score
1 Mississippi 100
2 Virginia 38
3 New Jersey 26
4 Delaware 16
5 Texas 16
6 California 13
7 Florida 12
8 North Dakota 11
9 Alaska 10
10 Wisconsin 8

Which Is The Most Stressed-Out State?

Based on this research, Mississippi has the most stressed-out residents with a search interest score of 100.

Texas tied with Delaware for fourth with a search interest score of 16. Virginia (38) and New Jersey (26) ranked second and third respectively. California (13) leads the second half of the top 10 at No. 6, followed by Florida (12), North Dakota (11), Alaska (10) and Wisconsin (8).

The Lone Star State has more than 30 million residents, about 9% of the U.S population, but no legal online Texas sportsbook apps. Texas experiences stresses that many other states have, such as work, money, family and health. But being the second-most populous state might increase these matters and worries.

From commuting to-and-from work, high taxes, affordable housing, staying healthy, rooting for the Dallas Cowboys β€” even the immigration issue on the border β€” Texas worries about a lot and rightfully so.

Based on this research, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and South Dakota all had a remarkable search interest of 0. Massachusetts had a score of 4, rounding out the list of five least stressed states.

Living in New Jersey, I can't even imagine what that might feel like. But it serves as another example of experiencing life to the fullest and doing what they have to do in the daily routine of life, work and activity.

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USA Today Network photo by Mark Hoffman (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


Lou Monaco is a contributing reporter for BetTexas.com. Lou had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker

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