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People can say what they want about America, but they can’t say we’re a quiet nation. From all of our traffic to construction projects to busy airports, we make a lot of noise from sea to shining sea. That’s not a good thing for the health of the U.S. population.

The World Health Organization calls noise pollution an “underestimated threat.” It can lead to all sorts of health problems such as sleep disruption, cardiovascular issues, and hearing loss. But some states are worse than others when it comes to the assault on the ears.

The team at Best Life looked at some noise stats, including population density, number of vehicles per capita, construction spending capital, and number of flights. Using that data, they ranked all fifty states on a loudness index. Guess what. North Carolina is the eighth loudest! Sorry, didn’t mean to yell.

New Jersey is far and away the loudest state in the country. That’s not all that surprising based on its large population and proximity to major cities. If you’re craving some peace and quiet, keep going north to Vermont. The Green Mountain State finished dead last on the loudness index, which is also not that surprising.

Here are America’s ten loudest states:

  1. New Jersey –┬áLoudness Score: 100.00
  2. Virginia – Loudness Score: 79.44
  3. Rhode Island – Loudness Score: 71.80
  4. Maryland – Loudness Score: 71.00
  5. Delaware – Loudness Score: 70.88
  6. Texas – Loudness Score: 70.13
  7. New York – Loudness Score: 69.00
  8. North Carolina – Loudness Score: 67.68
  9. Pennsylvania – Loudness Score: 66.91
  10. Nevada – Loudness Score: 66.86

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