California Fourth ‘Most Stressed Out’ State in U.S.: Study

California has earned the dubious distinction of being in the top 5 of a newly released list measuring the most stressed out states in America.

The study, which was conducted by the real estate website Movoto, looked at the lower 48 states. It measured 6 factors, including percentage of population with a long commute, unemployment, population density and hours worked, the website reported.

Topping the list was Florida, followed by Georgia, New Jersey, California and Nevada.

Among the reasons why California was ranked so high was because of the expensive cost of housing. Residents spend a bigger percentage of their income on housing – a whopping 26 percent – than any other states except for New Jersey, according to Movoto.

The state also has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the country and ranked seventh in the number of residents without health insurance. Perhaps surprisingly, it was only  ninth in terms of states with the percentage of people making commutes of more than 20 minutes each day.

Wendy Burch reports from Santa Monica for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.


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