Georgians among ‘least stressed’ in U.S.

Laid back Georgians are among the least stressed people in the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll.

Roswell residents employ hammocks, lovely views and loving pets to keep stress levels low.

Roswell residents employ hammocks, lovely views and loving pets to keep stress levels low.

Leading the chillaxed pack is Hawaii, the home of sun, surfing and, believe it or not, President Barack Obama. The last state to join the union has been the least stressed for three years running.

Georgia is the 7th least stressed state, probably because of the bucolic lifestyle enjoyed in most of the state (see photo evidence at right). The Peach State is the only Southern state to be in the “least stressed” category.

Tennessee, just a few ultra-relaxing miles of interstate north of Atlanta, is apparently on edge, probably because of all the orange clothing.

Rural Midwest-ish states seemed to be most carefree — the Dakotas, Wyoming and Iowa all finished ahead of Georgia.

Surprisingly, the District of Columbia, the home of the endless political bickering, finished ahead of Georgia too.

Utah, the home of low-alcohol beer and high-priced ski lodges, is the most stressed, followed by poorer states — Kentucky, West Virginia, and Idaho.

The study was conducted by calling residents of each state daily in 2010 and asking them if they felt stressed “much of the previous day.”

Gallup seems to not know why some states report low stress while similar nearby states report being more ill at ease.

Stress is a “complex emotion that is likely related to numerous life issues” seems to be their way of saying “we don’t really understand this.”

On average, Americans reported being less stressed in 2010 than in 2009.

In other “how does Atlanta stack up” news, our fine city is the 20th most well-read, according to

But the news is not all good, we’re also among the worst places to live for those with allergies. But I bet you knew that already.

26 comments Add your comment

RedNeck Rick

May 26th, 2011
5:34 pm

I’m calling B.S. on this report.


May 26th, 2011
5:51 pm

I’m vacationing on Tybee Island now but I’m from Atlanta. Atlanta is stressful, Tybee Island is heaven.


May 27th, 2011
10:49 am

I’m really upset about this report.


May 27th, 2011
1:10 pm

South DeKalb County is bucolic?

Mountain Man

May 28th, 2011
6:16 am

Up here in GA a couple of good swigs of moonshine will keep you carefree all day long.


May 28th, 2011
10:34 am

it’s because in atlanta we have a majority of people on food stamps and free housing. if i didn’t have to pay for my food or my housing, i wouldn’t be stressed either!


May 28th, 2011
2:53 pm

Ignorant people don’t usually know what stress means, so they’re likely to say they are not stressed regardless.


May 28th, 2011
6:06 pm

Justice, are you saying we is too stupid to be stressed? Well, they do say ignorance is bliss. If that’s true, its a wonder we ain’t number one.


May 28th, 2011
7:58 pm

Think about that, unemployment at 10%, HORRIBLE traffic everywhere you go, crazy weather every week and you’re talking about stress here? I love reports like this one.


May 28th, 2011
10:56 pm

I’m LMAO over this one. What kind of sampling did they do??
I bet they went to a swanky part of town where people are making $100k and up and came up with this glossy result. So maybe they got part of it right but identify what group you’re talking about.
CERTAINLY this doesn’t apply to most citizens of Georgia.


May 29th, 2011
12:37 am

Jawja has a bankrupt gubner, the Grandma bandit got shot up yesterday, unemployment is hovering near 10 per cent, the state coffers are almost empty, foreclosures are one of the nations highest, Eddie Long is a pervert and you’re telling me that is one of the least stressed states! ROFLMBAO!!!!


May 29th, 2011
8:22 am

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May 29th, 2011
8:29 am

Sorry about above. I was so stressed about this report I hit enter before posting. If someone has arranged to call you daily re:stress you would find out rather quickly that saying your “weren’t ” stressed would keep interview very short . Saying you had been stressed would lead to further questioning just like most other “robo” similar-type polls. Also those of us that do have stressful days would mostly not agree to an extra daily call such as the one described.


May 29th, 2011
10:15 am

The study doesn’t sound very scientific and they surely didn’t call anybody in Atlanta.


May 29th, 2011
7:51 pm

Hmmmm…apparently the rocket scientist who wrote this never sat in traffic on 285, the connector or Ga 400. Or perhapes he works from home…which would explain this crappy article.


May 30th, 2011
12:17 pm

@ Craig, I live on 5 acres of green in south dekalb county, yes for me it is bucolic. haha

Chuck Allison

May 30th, 2011
4:54 pm

How relaxed are the people in Kenya or Indonesia, both potential homelands for Obama? I don’t think Hawaii is where he was born.


May 30th, 2011
5:30 pm

I call foul on the article too. However, I have a job that’s 3 miles from home and I live in rural GA outside Atlanta. Quiet neighborhoods and you can walk without worrying who will mug you! OH wait! Never mind! Rural GA stinks and no one should ever move here. We are constantly stressed and have to drive 90 miles to work.
PHEW! Think it worked? ;)


May 30th, 2011
6:33 pm

You sure wouldn’t know that driving in to or out of Atlanta during rush hour!


May 30th, 2011
6:33 pm

I was too stressed out to respond to the survey.


May 30th, 2011
7:12 pm

Maybe all of you who are complaining about stress should get out of Atlanta and see what the rest of the state has to offer.

My Two Cents

May 30th, 2011
8:51 pm

Come and sit in my backyard!


May 31st, 2011
12:03 am

@ sedatebonfire44 you will never receive anything from GoGet Bids…it is a scam. A HUGE scam


June 1st, 2011
9:09 am

They must not have polled all of us sitting in traffic…


June 1st, 2011
10:29 pm

Now people chill. Only the stressed people post in forums. Take your xanax and relax.


June 8th, 2011
4:04 pm

they didn’t call my house.