Stress Levels by City

With crowds of people, loud noises, traffic jams, and small living spaces it’s no surprise that city slickers get stressed. And no matter what city you live in there’s little way to hide or run away from it, so at some point we all feel stressed. Fortunately, stress can be a good thing. A little bit of stress can keep us active and alert, which is pretty handy in a lot of situations. But when stress increases too much it can be unmanageable and become detrimental to our health and productivity levels.

WalletHub recently did a survey conducting what cities in America are the most and least stressed. The survey compared 150 most populated cities in America and studied four key dimensions: Work stress, financial stress, family stress, and health and safety stress. Here’s their results:

Top 10 Stressed Cities

  1. Newark, New Jersey
  2. Detroit, Michigan,
  3. Cleveland, Ohio
  4. Jackson, Mississippi
  5. Miami, Florida
  6. Birmingham, Alabama
  7. San Bernardino, California
  8. Rochester, New York
  9. Augusta, Georgia
  10. Shreveport, Louisiana

You may be surprised to see that New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA are not found in the top ten stressed cities. New York city was ranked number 49 on the list and Los Angeles was ranked number 36. An interesting finding from the research was that Cleveland, OH, Detroit, MI, Birmingham, AL, Rochester, NY, and Richmond, VA had some of the highest divorce rates, which contributed to their high stress ranking.

Read: Is It Healthier to Live In the City or the Suburbs?

The cities ranked at the top five highest poverty rate were: Detroit, MI, Cleveland, OH, Brownsville, TX, Rochester, NY, and San Bernardino, CA. Three out of the top five cities ranked highest in poverty were also rated in the top ten stressed cities.


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