Special Report

States Where Inflation Is Causing the Most Stress

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40. Iowa
> Adults who find inflation very stressful: 41.7% (888,635 total)
> Adults who find inflation moderately stressful: 34.2% – 3rd highest (730,198 total)
> Price inflation from Jan. 2021 to July 2022: +13.8% (+$674 in avg. monthly household expenses)
> 2021 median household income: $65,600 – 21st lowest
> 2021 poverty rate: 11.1% – 17th lowest
> Sept. 2022 unemployment: 2.7%

39. Illinois
> Adults who find inflation very stressful: 41.8% (3,534,768 total)
> Adults who find inflation moderately stressful: 29.7% – 18th highest (2,511,125 total)
> Price inflation from Jan. 2021 to July 2022: +14.1% (+$787 in avg. monthly household expenses)
> 2021 median household income: $72,205 – 17th highest
> 2021 poverty rate: 12.1% – 25th highest
> Sept. 2022 unemployment: 4.5%

38. North Carolina
> Adults who find inflation very stressful: 42.0% (3,070,080 total)
> Adults who find inflation moderately stressful: 26.5% – 21st lowest (1,941,246 total)
> Price inflation from Jan. 2021 to July 2022: +13.9% (+$651 in avg. monthly household expenses)
> 2021 median household income: $61,972 – 12th lowest
> 2021 poverty rate: 13.4% – 15th highest
> Sept. 2022 unemployment: 3.6%

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37. Massachusetts
> Adults who find inflation very stressful: 42.6% (1,913,695 total)
> Adults who find inflation moderately stressful: 29.7% – 15th highest (1,336,686 total)
> Price inflation from Jan. 2021 to July 2022: +10.7% (+$726 in avg. monthly household expenses)
> 2021 median household income: $89,645 – 2nd highest
> 2021 poverty rate: 10.4% – 11th lowest
> Sept. 2022 unemployment: 3.4%

36. Colorado
> Adults who find inflation very stressful: 42.6% (1,719,763 total)
> Adults who find inflation moderately stressful: 29.9% – 14th highest (1,206,248 total)
> Price inflation from Jan. 2021 to July 2022: +15.4% (+$937 in avg. monthly household expenses)
> 2021 median household income: $82,254 – 9th highest
> 2021 poverty rate: 9.7% – 4th lowest
> Sept. 2022 unemployment: 3.4%

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