I get up at 3 o'clock to come into work everyday. Most of you might think that's pretty tough. It's not easy but at least there's no traffic. Just an occasional deer or two standing in the middle of route 23.
The job site Zippia measured the level of stress in all 50 states. The six criteria used were: commute times, unemployment, hours worked, population density, home price to income ratio and percent of people uninsured.
You might think New York and California would be a shoe in for the top spot. But that wasn't the case. It was New Jersey coming in at number one. Then Georgia at number 2. Florida, California and New York rounded out the top 5.
What sunk New Jersey was long commute times, congestion and long work hours. To be perfectly honest I don't know how commuters do it. Sitting in traffic drives me crazy. Sitting on a train that's not moving almost as crazy. When I used to ride commuter trains or drive to Long Island to see my daughter I was exhausted by the time I got to her house.
The one thing that kept me from going completely mad was the radio. I know thousands of commuters rely on me everyday to help them get to work. The traffic and news is important. So is a positive message in between the music, commercials and information. I truly enjoy being your companion every morning.
Just in case you want to know where people are the least stressed: That would be Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas. If you ever want to move to one of those states we wouldn't have to say good bye. We come in loud and clear on the I Heart Radio app.
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