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2019’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America

New research from wallethub.com looks at 180 cities across 39 key metrics, and measures the stress levels there… good and bad. Reprinted with permission. Visit here for the complete report.

Stress is inevitable. Everyone experiences some type and level of it. But it’s not always a bad thing. Certain kinds of stress can have positive effects on a person’s well-being, at least in the right doses. According to Psychology Today, “A little bit of stress, known as ‘acute stress,’ can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert.”

When stress reaches an unmanageable level, however, it turns “chronic.” That’s when we become vulnerable to its damaging effects such as health problems and loss of productivity. In the U.S., stress affects more than 100 million people. The leading causes? Money tops the list, followed by work, family and relationships. By one estimate, workplace-related stress alone costs society more than $300 billion per year.

Where Americans Cope The Best

To determine the cities where Americans cope best, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 39 key metrics. Our data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates. Read on for our findings, expert insight and a full description of our methodology.With workplace-related stress alone costing society more than $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine where Americans cope best with their stress, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 39 key metrics. The data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.

Most Stressed CitiesLeast Stressed Cities
1Detroit, MI173San Jose, CA
2Cleveland, OH174Cedar Rapids, IA
3Newark, NJ175South Burlington, VT
4Baltimore, MD176Fargo, ND
5Philadelphia, PA177Plano, TX
6St. Louis, MO178Irvine, CA
7Cincinnati, OH179Overland Park, KS
8Birmingham, AL180Sioux Falls, SD
9Wilmington, DE181Bismarck, ND
10Shreveport, LA182Fremont, CA

Best vs. Worst

Fayetteville, North Carolina, Shreveport, Louisiana, Augusta, Georgia and Las Cruces, New Mexico residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter, 7, which is 23.4 times fewer than in Boston, the city where residents spend the most at 164.

South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.70 percent, which is 5.3 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 9.00 percent.

Stress is inevitable. Everyone experiences some type and level of it. But it’s not always a bad thing...

Fremont, California, has the lowest divorce rate, 10.22 percent, which is four times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest at 41.32 percent.

Burlington and South Burlington, Vermont, have the lowest share of adults in fair or poor health, 9.90 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Corpus Christi, Texas, the city with the highest at 26.90 percent.

 

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-stressed-cities/22759/