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New study reveals over half of Georgians are approaching a ‘Stress Tipping Point’

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IN OTHER NEWS – A new study reveals over half of Georgians feel they are approaching a critical threshold that leads to overwhelming stress levels. 


  • Study uncovers a critical threshold where the accumulation of financial obligations leads to overwhelming stress levels
  • Over half of Georgians feel they are approaching this stress tipping point.
  • Infographic included.

In an in-depth survey conducted by CardRates.com, a ‘stress tipping point’ has emerged as a key concern among Americans grappling with personal financial pressures. The term captures a critical threshold where the accumulation of financial obligations leads to overwhelming stress levels, threatening people’s mental well-being.
The survey engaged with 3,000 respondents across the nation who are managing ongoing financial commitments. It uncovered that over half of Georgians (56%) are on edge about nearing a ‘stress tipping point,’ a state where the burden of their financial responsibilities surpasses their ability to cope effectively, potentially causing severe psychological distress. This equates to a staggering 3,700,975 adults in the Peach State. This compares to a national average of 65%.
Reinforcing these concerns, recent figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicate a sharp rise in total financial obligations, which climbed to $17.06 trillion in 2023 – a 4.15% increase from the previous year, signaling a trend that could accelerate the approach towards this ‘stress tipping point.’
The phenomenon appears to be geographically uneven, with Vermonters reporting the highest instances of financial strain that could lead to such a tipping point. A staggering 83% feel their circumstances are becoming unmanageable – this represents approximately 328,000 Vermonters. Conversely, Idahoans have reported less susceptibility to this tipping point, though the 25% who do still represent a considerable portion of the community – around 289,000 people.
CardRates.com has created an infographic that illustrates the varying degrees of financial strain and the proximity to the ‘stress tipping point’ across different states.
The survey also probed into the wider social effects of approaching a ‘stress tipping point,’ revealing that personal relationships are becoming collateral damage to financial unease. Fifty-nine percent of respondents see their relationships being affected, while two-thirds observe a similar impact on their friends and family.
On a scale of 1 to 10, the average confidence level in managing financial stress hovers at a concerning 6/10, hinting at the uncertainty many feel about their ability to stave off the ‘stress tipping point.’ Daily worries about financial matters are a reality for 17% of those surveyed, further indicating the pervasive nature of this issue.
In the face of these challenges, a proactive stance is still prevalent, with an encouraging 82% of participants actively seeking out solutions to circumvent reaching their ‘stress tipping point.’
As our latest survey reveals, this ‘stress tipping point’ represents more than just a fiscal benchmark; it’s a critical indicator of societal well-being. Our findings call for a collective effort to address and mitigate the factors contributing to this widespread concern,” says Ashley Fricker, Senior Editor with CardRates.com.