Why is it so much more stressful buying a home in these states?

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Divorce. Having a baby. Getting married. Studies show that none of these are as stressful as moving home.

Psychoanalyst Ronnie Greenberg calls the home “a matrix of safety.” A roof over your head, a familiar space, a payment structure that you understand (even if it’s a struggle). No matter how much you detest your apartment or how much you love your new place, moving is still a leap into the unknown. If that move also involves buying, you can add a massive financial commitment to the mix of feelings you’re going through.

But a new home is also about your environment and the people with whom you complete the process. That means that home-buying is more stressful in some locations than others. For our new study, HouseFresh used the TensiStrength tool to assess the stress levels of property-themed tweets from every city in the U.S.

Here’s a look at the most stressful city to move house in every state. The percentage indicates the proportion of move-related tweets that showed symptoms of stress.

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Methodology

We built a list of terms related to moving houses and pulled tweets including these terms, using the Twitter API. We used the location of users to identify the city, state and country, and excluded areas outside of the US. We then used the language analysis tool TensiStrength to classify whether a tweet was stressed or not.

The terms we used were:

  • Moving house, moved house, house offer, estate agents, house sale, house bid, house negotiation, first-time buyer, house contract, property lawyer, property solicitor, buying house, bought house, relocating, relocated, house budget, moving.

We calculated the proportion of stressed tweets for every city and state to create an overall ranking, and reveal the top 10 most and least stressful. We omitted Wyoming from the ‘most stressful city in each state’ results as no city had enough data to extrapolate.

The data was collected in July/August/September 2021.

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50. South Dakota

Number of Stressed Tweets: 19.2%

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49. Florida

Number of Stressed Tweets: 26.5%

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48. Indiana

Number of Stressed Tweets: 28%

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47. Iowa

Number of Stressed Tweets: 29.1%

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46. North Dakota

Number of Stressed Tweets: 29.1%

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45. Delaware

Number of Stressed Tweets: 29.4%

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44. South Carolina

Number of Stressed Tweets: 30.8%

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43. Wyoming

Number of Stressed Tweets: 31.2%

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42. Maryland

Number of Stressed Tweets: 31.4%

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41. New Hampshire

Number of Stressed Tweets: 31.5%

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40. California

Number of Stressed Tweets: 31.6%

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39. Alabama

Number of Stressed Tweets: 31.8%

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38. Montana

Number of Stressed Tweets: 31.8%

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37. Kansas

Number of Stressed Tweets: 32.2%

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36. Nebraska

Number of Stressed Tweets: 32.3%

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35. Virginia

Number of Stressed Tweets: 33%

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34. Connecticut

Number of Stressed Tweets: 33%

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33. Nevada

Number of Stressed Tweets: 33.2%

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32. Utah

Number of Stressed Tweets: 33.2%

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31. Texas

Number of Stressed Tweets: 33.3%

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30. New Jersey

Number of Stressed Tweets: 33.4%

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29. Georgia

Number of Stressed Tweets: 33.8%

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28. North Carolina

Number of Stressed Tweets: 34%

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27. Arkansas

Number of Stressed Tweets: 34%

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26. Kentucky

Number of Stressed Tweets: 34.1%

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25. Ohio

Number of Stressed Tweets: 34.4%

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24. Colorado

Number of Stressed Tweets: 34.4%

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23. Wisconsin

Number of Stressed Tweets: 34.5%

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22. Massachusetts

Number of Stressed Tweets: 34.8%

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21. Michigan

Number of Stressed Tweets: 34.8%

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20. Arizona

Number of Stressed Tweets: 34.8%

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19. Minnesota

Number of Stressed Tweets: 35.1%

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18. Tennessee

Number of Stressed Tweets: 35.8%

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17. Illinois

Number of Stressed Tweets: 36.3%

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16. Rhode Island

Number of Stressed Tweets: 36.3%

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15. Alaska

Number of Stressed Tweets: 36.3%

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14. Pennsylvania

Number of Stressed Tweets: 36.9%

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13. West Virginia

Number of Stressed Tweets: 37.6%

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12. New Mexico

Number of Stressed Tweets: 37.9%

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11. Idaho

Number of Stressed Tweets: 38%

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10. Oklahoma

Number of Stressed Tweets: 38.1%

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9. Vermont

Number of Stressed Tweets: 38.9%

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8. Missouri

Number of Stressed Tweets: 39.2%

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7. New York

Number of Stressed Tweets: 39.4%

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6. Oregon

Number of Stressed Tweets: 40.3%

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5. Hawaii

Number of Stressed Tweets: 40.7%

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4. Louisiana

Number of Stressed Tweets: 41.4%

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3. Maine

Number of Stressed Tweets: 41.7%

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2. Mississippi

Number of Stressed Tweets: 42.7%

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1. Washington

Number of Stressed Tweets: 42.8%

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How not to stress while moving

Tweeting about your home-moving stress might not be the healthiest solution. Instead of your phone screen, try to get out of the house. Go for a walk in the park. Meet a friend who’ll listen to your worries. Ride your bike or take a swim. It’ll keep your body game-fit for moving and it might just bust that stress.

Like other stressful life changes such as divorce and child-rearing, your ultimate goal is happiness. And the good news is that the right move can do wonders for your mental health once you’ve settled.

Unfortunately, more than half of us rate the stress of moving as an eight or more out of 10. And 39% of first-time buyers say the stress of buying made them feel ill. So it’s essential to take deliberate steps to safeguard your mental health as soon as you begin the new home process.

For more tips on moving and to find out data about the most stressed cities in the U.S., click here.

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