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There are many factors that can cause stress and one of them is the place where a person lives. Zippia, a career-resource site, used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census American Community Survey from 2013-2017 to determine the most stressed out cities in each of the 50 states in the U.S.A.

Each city was ranked based on the following factors that commonly affect residents:

  • Unemployment
  • Hours worked
  • Commute times
  • Population density
  • Home price to income ratio, and
  • Percent of uninsured population.

Cities that were ranked high were identified as being the most stressful.


Top 10 Most Stressed Cities

West New York came out as the most stressful city in the U.S.  It is one of the most densely populated cities in the U.S. and globally. It ranked high in commute times and unemployment.

The second city is Huron in California. The city only has 6,926 people that worked long hours (45.7 hours weekly average) but had the lowest average income.

South Miami, FL., the third city, is a tourist destination where residents have to cope with long commutes, high unemployment rates and exorbitant home prices. Also, a large part of the population is uninsured.

Glasmanor, MD and Edgewater, CO are the fourth and fifth most stressful cities respectively on the list.

The sixth to the tenth cities are Manorhaven, NY, followed by Woodlawn Cdp (Fairfax County): VA; Justice, IL; Fair Oaks, GA and Terrytown, LA as the tenth.

Monitoring and Managing Stress Levels

It is important to monitor and manage stress properly because it can lead to some of the deadliest diseases such as high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, insomnia, stroke and obesity to name a few of the illnesses.

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who don’t monitor and manage their stress level may suffer from some of its negative consequences.

The right relaxation techniques will help employees of small businesses adapt to the conditions they are living in.

See the list of the 50 most stressful cities in the U.S. here.