Editors' pick: Originally published Feb. 14.
Nirvana is a real place-or series of places-according to WalletHub's recent survey of stressful locales in the U.S. The "bottom 15," so to speak (out of 150) are the ones where you will find a whole lot of relaxed Americans, happily going about their lives. WalletHub's findings coalesce around five major ranking categories (each with between three and seven determining, weighted factors). The work-related stress rank takes in common stressors like commute time and average weekly work hours. The money-related stress rank takes in cost of living, debt-per-median-earnings, and others. Family-related stress looks at only three, but they are mighty: divorce rate, percentage of single parents, and a well-being index. The health and safety related stress rank looks at mental health, suicide, and crime rates (as well as other stressors). Finally, the coping with stress rank looks at rather sobering evidence of how we deal with stress, from physical activity to smoking to number of shrinks per capita. If you live in any of these places, you're on the right track.