The Most and Least Stressed Cities in the U.S.

July 19, 2017
Diana Popa

The analysts over at WalletHub are back at it again. This time, the personal-finance website studied the stress levels of 150 U.S. cities using more than a dozen criteria, including work hours and personal issues like divorce. Continue below to find out if your city makes one of the lists.

High stress levels cost the U.S. economy about $300 billion per year, according to WalletHub.

The United States' stress levels are increasing for the first time in 10 years, thanks mainly to the current political climate and workplace-related drama. The personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis to determine 2017's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.

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In order to determine where Americans cope best with their stress, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest cities across 30 key metrics. The data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.

Most Stressed Cities

Least Stressed Cities

1

Newark, NJ

141

Boise, ID

2

Detroit, MI

T-142

Madison, WI

3

Cleveland, OH

T-142

Peoria, AZ

4

Jackson, MS

144

Gilbert, AZ

5

Miami, FL

145

Irvine, CA

6

Birmingham, AL

146

Sioux Falls, SD

7

San Bernardino, CA

147

Scottsdale, AZ

8

Rochester, NY

148

Overland Park, KS

9

Augusta, GA

149

Plano, TX

10

Shreveport, LA

150

Fremont, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • Greensboro, North Carolina, has the lowest commuter stress index, 1.11, which is 1.5 times lower than in Los Angeles, the city with the highest at 1.62.
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.4 percent, which is 4.5 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 10.9 percent.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest divorce rate, 11.8 percent, which is 3.5 times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest at 41.5 percent.
  • Lincoln, Nebraska, has the lowest share of adults in fair or poor health, 8.9 percent, which is 3.2 times lower than in Corpus Christi, Texas, the city with the highest at 28.1 percent.

Click here to view the full report and your city’s rank.

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