Apparently, the folks at SWNS Digital aren't familiar with a frigid and snowy Iowa winter. Or flooding. Or even Derechos... Or, perhaps it's just that other folks have it worse. According to a new study they recently put out, Iowa is the least stressed U.S. state. Number two on the list is Nebraska. Maybe it's a Midwest thing? Let's break down the findings.

In 2021, Americans are most stressed about;

  • Finances/their financial situation 41%
  • COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic 355
  • Politics and current news 29%
  • Work/their job 215
  • Social life/personal relationships 19%
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Three out of four people also said that last year, 2020, was the most stressful year of their lives. Despite the above stressors, and the rough 2020, Iowa is still the least stressed state in the U.S. Aside from Nebraska being the second least stressed. You're welcome, guys. Bordering Iowa has rubbed off on you. Many of the other low-stress states are all bunched up in a tie:

  • Connecticut (tied 40–46)
  • Maine (tied 40–46)
  • Maryland (tied 40–46)
  • Michigan (tied 40–46)
  • New Hampshire (tied 40–46)
  • New Jersey (tied 40–46)
  • Wisconsin (tied 40–46)
  • Minnesota (tied 47–48)
  • South Dakota (tied 47–48)

There you have it. Iowans are the most chilled of a chilled bunch. Do you agree with this study? It's hard to think of an entire state as relaxed. You look at the last 19 or so months, and it's hard to imagine calling anyone chill. But, it's not a negative thing so, I guess we embrace it?

See more results from the study here.

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