Stress by Region


In every region, stress is making an impact.

Regardless of where in the country they live,* Americans all have one thing in common when it comes to stress — they consistently report experiencing more stress than they believe to be healthy. Even though many people across the country are making efforts to manage stress and adopt healthy behaviors, they often find themselves struggling to succeed. And their challenges with stress management appear to be taking a toll. In the past year, as many as four in 10 adults in each region reported that their stress levels have increased.

*This report focuses on adults within the general population (2007 n=1848; 2008 n=1791; 2009 n=1568; 2010 n=1134; 2011 n=1226; 2012 n=2020), by the following regions: East (2007 n=467; 2008 n=448; 2009 n=362; 2010 n=274; 2011 n=299; 2012 n=539), Midwest (2007 n=342; 2008 n=355; 2009 n=340; 2010 n=235; 2011 n=259; 2012 n=419), South (2007 n=593; 2008 n=575; 2009 n=516; 2010 n=382; 2011 n=389; 2012 n=640) and West (2007 n=445; 2008 n=413; 2009 n=349; 2010 n=243; 2011 n=279; 2012 n=422).
Each region is broken down as follows: East (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont); Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin); South (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia); and West (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming).
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