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Study: Utahns among most stressed, but find enjoyment

By KSL.com | Posted - Apr 25th, 2013 @ 9:36am


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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah residents are among the nation's most stressed out, but they also experience much enjoyment.

That's according to a Gallup poll published this week.

West Virginia took the title of most-stressed state in the 2012 study. Rhode Island and Kentucky followed close behind. In Utah, 44.6 percent of those surveyed said they experienced stress, to rank the state fourth on the list.

Utah residents bucked the national trend by reporting higher levels of stress, but also saying they enjoyed themselves for the most part. The survey found 88.7 percent of Utahns said they experienced enjoyment. The national average was 84.9 percent.

Hawaii came in at the least stressed, with two-thirds of people in the survey reporting that they were at ease.

Other states with lower levels of stress included Louisiana and Mississippi.

Gallup has surveyed daily stress since 2008. Hawaii has ranked as the state with the lowest percentage all five years and is the only state to rank in the top five consistently since 2008.

West Virginia, Kentucky, and Utah, have each ranked within the top five most stressed states for the past five years. Utah was the top state for stress in 2009 and 2010.

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