Most all students, teachers and administrators that I have spoken with are excited about a "normal" start to the school year. Some schools might have mask requirements, but students are in class, athletic events are being held in front of big cheering sections. However, according to an online learning company, Minnesota is among the states where parents are stressing out over the back-to-school rite of passage.

Brainly, an online learning company and homework help platform, indicates Minnesota ranks 15th in the country in stress-out factor in the return to school this fall. In a news release, the company reviewed "a multitude of search terms related to stress as schools reopen their doors. We measure the interest on Google Trends for each of these search terms by state."

As an overall trend states in the Upper Midwest dominant the most stressed states, with five of the top ten. Minnesota was 15th in the study.


  1. Montana
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. New Hampshire
  4. North Dakota
  5. Arkansas
  6. South Carolina
  7. Wisconsin
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Iowa
  10. Nebraska
  11. Maine
  12. Indiana
  13. Ohio
  14. Georgia
  15. Minnesota

The least stressed states in the survey include New Mexico, Washington, Connecticut, Wyoming and Nevada.

In Owatonna, superintendent Jeff Elstad indicated his excitement over the return to school in a newsletter, "We have successfully started out 2021-22 school year as classrooms are bustling and the fall season is upon us. Words truly cannot describe how good it feels to see students and teachers learning, growing and interacting."

While we are on the subject of schools, how do you feel about school lunches. And how much have they changed over the years? Scroll through the next piece to get a feel for that.

See How School Cafeteria Meals Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years

Using government and news reports, Stacker has traced the history of cafeteria meals from their inception to the present day, with data from news and government reports. Read on to see how various legal acts, food trends, and budget cuts have changed what kids are getting on their trays.

READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.



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