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Survey: Georgia is Second-Most Stressed-Out State in America

What stresses you out, Georgia?

Georgia commuters. Patch file
Georgia commuters. Patch file

What stresses you out, Georgia? Tell us in the comments below.

Georgia, you’ve got stress.

But apparently not as much as Florida, according to one survey.

Real estate blog Movoto.com, which compiles lists like the most boring, safest and exciting places in America, says the Peach State is second on the list of 10 Most Stressed Out States in America (well, the lower 48, actually).

The top 10 in order: Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, California, Nevada, Illinois, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, and Arizona.

The survey, which is based on data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2008-2012, considered unemployment rates, length of commutes, weekly work hours, population density, percentage of income spent on housing and percentage of the population without health insurance.

Georgia received worst-10 rankings in work hours, no insurance, length of commute and unemployment (although the 10.7 percent jobless rate Movoto used was nearly 4 points worse than the current rate of 7 percent).

So, what’s the least stressed state in the lower 48?

North Dakota. Apparently, average winter temperature was not a factor.

Tyler Jozefowicz June 10, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Gun violence is a major contributor.Let’s not forget Sandyhook (21) 6 year old elementary kids, 4 teachers and an asst pricincpal, all DEAD, and the pro gun wingnuts Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda who shot to death two cops and a civilian, who had anti-government, anti-police ideologies with militia and white supremacist overtones, true domestic terrorists like Timothy Mcveigh, with links to far right militants who converged on Cliven Bundy's property, another major wingnut, during the armed standoff with federal rangers on US land. The duo wingnuts left calling cards on the bodies of the 2 slain cops: a Gadsden flag "Don't Tread on Me", a note that read "the revolution is beginning" and a Nazi swastika. Pro–gun, anti-government, racists. Keep your eye out for the Gadsden flags , the far right wingnuts like to show them off, in the belief that hating the government is patriotic.
K.C. Jones June 11, 2014 at 12:45 AM
What do Sandyhook (Connecticut), Jerad Miller (Nevada), Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma), Cliven Bundy (Nevada) have to do with stress in Georgia when compared to other states? Most of the commenters here sound as though they are non native Georgians. To them all I can say is, If you don't like the way things are here, make it better or leave the way you came!
David Brown June 11, 2014 at 08:05 AM
K.C., you raise a valid point. Very rarely do Patch commenters answer the question posed in an article. They invariably will bring up extraneous things. One person will say something not pertinent to the subject of an article that ruffles somebody else's feathers and before you know it, the thread goes off in a totally different direction than the author of the article intended.
Good Grief Y'all June 11, 2014 at 09:03 AM
I'm a GA native, born and bred, lifelong resident except for a few years in another Southern state. I love Georgia. I don't think that contradicts with recognizing stress factors here. I cringe when folks from other regions come here and trash our state based on their perceptions or their personal experiences, but maybe we can learn from them and fix what's broken. They should be nicer and more civil with their complaints. That only makes natives defensive and puts up walls. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- It does get awfully hot here for several months of the year, but our otherwise mild climate is a major attraction for people from cold climates, the North and Mid-West. GA has a lot to offer with it's mountains, coast, four distinct seasons, both rural and big city lifestyles, employment opportunities in metro Atlanta. We just have a lot of people wanting to live here in the ATL area, and more people create more problems. Better government and planning is a major factor in that. Politics, of course, affect policy and government action.
Good Grief Y'all June 11, 2014 at 08:48 PM
*its mountains - sorry

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