If you live in Louisiana, there's a good chance you are overworked, don't have a lot of job security and are paying more for housing than the rest of the country, a study says.

WalletHub.com ranks Louisiana the most stressed-out state in America.

The personal-finance website has issued its report on 2018's Most & Least Stressed States in connection with April being Stress Awareness Month.

To determine the states with the highest stress levels, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 38 key metrics. The data set ranges from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleep.

Louisiana has the third-worst median credit score, percentage of people living below the poverty line and divorce rate; fourth-worst crime rate per capita, fifth-worst average hours worked in a week; sixth-worst share of adults getting adequate sleep and percentage of adults with fair to poor health; 12th-worst job security; and 20th-worst housing affordability.

"American stress levels have been rising for many demographics since their low point in 2016," WalletHub says in its study.

Common stressors include the future of America and money, along with uncertainty about health care, it said.

Minnesota and South Dakota came out best in WalletHub's survey, scoring half the stress level of Louisiana.

Janice G. Weber, associate professor in the Family Studies Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, offers these tips to help reduce stress without spending money:


Watch your spending, which can lead to debt and marital conflict. Plan your finances.
Exercise with something fun like dancing.
Focus on the present instead of worrying about the future.

Other experts also suggest getting adequate sleep and eating healthier.

For the full report, visit https://wallethub.com/edu/most-stressed-states/32218/.