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Unique-Public-8594 t1_isyvonx wrote


Most stressed states:

  1. Connecticut

  2. Vermont

  3. Massachusetts

Based on google searches


sad0panda t1_iszyyl7 wrote

I moved from Mass to VT and my stress level went way down.


WinsingtonIII t1_it04j2m wrote

It depends on your situation and what you want from where you live. Vermont is beautiful and I love the hiking and outdoor options there. That said, I'm not sure I could personally live there outside of Burlington as I really value walkability and basically nowhere in VT has that to the level I need other than Burlington (even then you're in an isolated island of walkability).

Vermont also has high cost of living for a rural state, and unlike MA it doesn't have the high-paying jobs of a major metro area. Remote workers making high wages probably have easy lives in VT, it's probably harder and more stressful for people working for lower wages in a high cost state where there aren't tons of job options.


costcocosmonaut t1_it0q79r wrote

Maybe it’s embarrassing but I thought Brattleboro had really decent walkability when I lived there. It seemed a lot of the little downtowns were somewhat walkable compared to a lot of suburban US.


WinsingtonIII t1_it21a92 wrote

No, that's not embarrassing, I agree that some of the smaller towns in VT actually have nice little walkable downtowns. Brattleboro is definitely included in that.

The issue is more that those downtowns are quite small and once you get outside of them the walkability drops off completely as it generally becomes immediately rural. For some people that's fine, but I like density and being able to walk around more than just a small downtown area, so even though I enjoy visiting these places I'm not sure I could live in them.

I have a similar issue with coastal Maine outside of Portland. I love a lot of the coastal towns, and they often have great little downtowns, but that's it for the walkability and they are basically small islands of walkability all separated from each other.


sad0panda t1_it0b752 wrote

Yes, it certainly helps that my employer is in MA, still pays me the same wage, and lets me work remote.


beeinabearcostume t1_it00a2s wrote

I dunno I was always pretty stressed when my favorite sandwich guy at City Market wasn’t behind the counter.


OptimalFlight101 t1_isyzq41 wrote

I wonder what the criterias are. We have a ton of students and early adult professionals here and they are expectedly to be stressed.


Unique-Public-8594 t1_isz0hae wrote

Criteria: based on google search terms like “stress” “deppression”, etc


OptimalFlight101 t1_it03qwu wrote

Seeing how we have so many health professionals and schools this hardly seems like a proper measuring standard.


WinsingtonIII t1_it0gi6t wrote

It hardly seems like a proper measuring standard no matter the context. Just googling a term doesn't mean someone suffers from that term.


ChanceTheGardenerr t1_it0i96l wrote

But you can’t extrapolate the argument from the given data that somehow these people are more/less stressed than people who don’t search these terms.

Sloppy sloppy sloppy


TywinShitsGold t1_it035f6 wrote

How the hell is there stress in VT. Everyone’s stoned out of their damned minds.


WinsingtonIII t1_it03xl2 wrote

The cost of living is high there for a rural state, and yet it doesn't have particularly high wage jobs given it is rural. Just one possibility that comes to mind.


Upthespurs1882 t1_it24img wrote

Californians are moving in at a staggering rate and the housing market has priced out a majority of locals. It’s a bummer, I hardly recognize the place I grew up in


WinsingtonIII t1_it2aoij wrote

Wow, Californians are moving to Vermont? Kind of surprises me. I thought they would mostly just go to Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, etc. if they wanted mountains and cheaper CoL.

I guess California is so big that even if most are going to states like that, even a few thousand going to a small state like Vermont could feel meaningful.


Unique-Public-8594 t1_it04ehi wrote

Well, these results are based on goggle searches for words like “depression”. Maybe Vermonters search for information on depression because they don’t know what it is. Or because they are going out-of-state to see depressed relatives for the holidays.