Special Report

States Where Inflation Is Causing the Most Stress


To identify the states where inflation is causing the most stress, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest Household Pulse Survey. States are ranked by the share of adults 18 and older who report finding the rising costs of goods and services to be “very stressful” in the past two months. We also considered the share of adults who find inflation to be “moderately stressful.” Survey data was collected between Oct. 5 and Oct. 17, 2022. 

Supplemental data on state-level inflation rates from January 2021 to July 2022 is from the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Median household incomes and poverty rates are from the Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are current as of September 2022. 

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