Most Stressed City In Each State

By Amanda Postma
Oct. 2, 2020

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Stress is a big part of many people’s lives. Sometimes it seems it’s inescapable.

From work to financial problems and everything in-between, sometimes you just need to take a breath.

That’s why we looked into figuring out which cities in the U.S. are the most stressed.

To determine which cities were the most stressed we looked into the average number of hours worked each week, how long the average commute was, and determined the income to home price ratio.

These cities are the most stressed in the U.S. so if you’re trying to avoid stress, you might want to steer clear of these cities.

Most Stressed Cities

  1. Mead Valley, California
  2. Asbury Park, New Jersey
  3. Lantana, Florida
  4. San Luis, Arizona
  5. Nacogdoches, Texas
  6. Port Chester, New York
  7. Marumsco, Virginia
  8. Monroe, North Carolina
  9. Savannah, Georgia
  10. Gardere, Louisiana

Now that you know the top cities to stay away from if you’re in the market for some stress relief, you’re probably wondering what other cities are stressed. Well, lucky for you we have the entire list at the end of this article.

How We Calculated The Most Stressed City In Each State

Using the most recent data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey for 2013-2017 and BLS, we ranked each city in America in the following criteria:

  • Unemployment
  • Hours Worked
  • Commute Times
  • Income-To-Home-Price Ratio
  • Percent of Uninsured Population

The higher a city ranked in any of these areas, the more stressed it was. We then took a closer look at each of the 50 states and ranked the cities in each state from most stressed to least stressed.

This helped us determine the most stressed city in each of the 50 states.

Before we get to the full list of the most stressed city in each state, let us look at the top 10 most stressed cities:

1. Mead Valley, California

Hours Worked: 42
Commute: 22.5
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 9.83%

Mead Valley, California, is by far the most stressed city in the U.S. The regular workweek there exceeds the normal 40 hours and the normal commute is 22.5 minutes. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the income-to-home-price ratio is set at 9.83%. That’s enough to drive up our stress rates and we don’t even live there.

2. Asbury Park, New Jersey

Hours Worked: 42
Commute: 18.1
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 8.48%

The second-most stressed city in the U.S. is Asbury Park in New Jersey. Being in the shadow of New York City has to be stressful enough without the 42-hour workweek and the average commute of 18 minutes. Add on the income/home price ratio of 8.48% and you’ve got yourself a stressed-out city.

3. Lantana, Florida


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Hours Worked: 42
Commute: 27.1
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 12.45%

Now, you wouldn’t think that someplace so close to the beach would be stressful but alas here we are. The third-most stressed city is Lantana, Florida. Of course, when you take a look at the average workweek and commute, it makes sense. The people who live there work an average of 42 hours each week. If that wasn’t bad enough, the average commute is a whopping 27 minutes!

4. San Luis, Arizona


Hours Worked: 51
Commute: 14.8
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 13.58%

San Luis, Arizona, is the fourth-most stressed city in the U.S. Sure, the average commute is only 14.8. But the real kicker here is that on average workers are devoting 51 hours to their work each week. I would be stressed, too.

5. Nacogdoches, Texas


Hours Worked: 44
Commute: 14.1
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 11.49%

The No. 5 stressed-out city is Nacogdoches, Texas. The city is plagued by a 44-hour workweek and an 11.49% income-to-home-price ratio. The only least stressful thing Nacogdoches has to offer is the 14-minute commute.

6. Port Chester, New York

Hours Worked: 41
Commute: 22.0
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 6.34%

It’s not surprising that a city in New York pops up on the list of most stressed cities. With a 41-hour workweek, Port Chester might be even more stressed than the Big Apple itself. What’s even more stressing is the 22-minute commute and the 6.43% income-to-home-price ratio.

7. Marumsco, Virginia

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Hours Worked: 41
Commute: 19.2
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 12.23%

The next stressed-out city resides in Virginia. Marumsco sports a 41-hour workweek and a 19-minute commute. So much for getting an early start to your weekend. Oh, and if that wasn’t bad enough, the income-to-home-price ratio is 12.23%. Color me stressed.

8. Monroe, North Carolina

Hours Worked: 42
Commute: 18.1
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 16.17%

Monroe, North Carolina, comes in as the eighth-most stressed city in the U.S. And it’s not hard to see why. From the 42-hour workweek to the 18-minute commute and the 16.17% income-to-home-price ratio, they are definitely stressed.

9. Savannah, Georgia


Hours Worked: 42
Commute: 16.8
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 14.86%

The ninth-most stressed city is Savannah, Georgia. Most people here work 42 hours each week and have to endure a 17-minute commute. On top of that, the income-to-home-price ratio is 14.86%. Talk about stressful.

10. Gardere, Louisiana


Hours Worked: 44
Commute: 25.3
Income-to-Home-Price Ratio: 16.45%

Gardere, Louisiana, wraps up our top 10 list of stressed cities. At No. 10, it’s easy to see why the people who live there are so stressed. Let’s start at the 44-hour workweek. And now we’ll make our way over to the 25-minute commute. That’s enough to make you want to pull your hair out.

No Stress Relief in Sight

Everyone has their own stressors that fuel the stress fire. But not everyone has it as bad as these 10 cities do.

From long workweeks that never seem to end to commutes that add to that long day, these cities need a long vacation.

We didn’t just stop at the 10 most stressed cities, though. We found the most-stressed city in every state. So now you know which cities to avoid.

Deep breath in. Deep breath out.

Most Stressed City in Each State

State City Hours Worked Commute Income-To-Home-Price Ratio
Alabama Tuscaloosa 44 29 12.17%
Alaska Knik-Fairview 49 19 19.42%
Arizona San Luis 51 14 13.58%
Arkansas Russellville 43 14 14.12%
California Mead Valley 42 22 9.83%
Colorado Brighton 43 23 12.80%
Connecticut Willimantic 41 18 11.60%
Delaware Bear 42 23 15.70%
Florida Lantana 42 27 12.45%
Georgia Savannah 42 16 14.86%
Hawaii Waianae 41 10 7.23%
Idaho Caldwell 43 17 18.27%
Illinois Chicago 41 17 13.88%
Indiana Bloomington 43 15 6.54%
Iowa Ames 43 15 6.84%
Kansas Kansas 41 15 25.67%
Kentucky Richmond 42 20 12.55%
Louisiana Gardere 44 25 16.45%
Maine Bangor 42 11 17.59%
Maryland Seabrook 41 20 12.88%
Massachusetts Amherst Center 50 29 1.34%
Michigan Allendale 43 19 5.78%
Minnesota Minneapolis 41 14 14.27%
Mississippi Hattiesburg 43 13 15.09%
Missouri Bridgeton 49 15 15.83%
Montana Bozeman 42 13 6.34%
Nebraska Lexington 47 15 18.58%
Nevada Sunrise Manor 41 19 15.88%
New Jersey Asbury Park 42 18 8.48%
New Mexico Hobbs 47 13 22.10%
New York Port Chester 41 22 6.34%
North Carolina Monroe 42 18 16.17%
North Dakota Williston 50 15 17.14%
Ohio Athens 50 27 3.08%
Oklahoma El Reno 46 17 21.75%
Oregon Hayesville 42 17 14.12%
Pennsylvania Indiana 59 17 5.05%
Rhode Island Central Falls 42 19 14.46%
South Carolina Port Royal 52 22 11.23%
South Dakota Vermillion 43 16 6.27%
Tennessee La Vergne 42 16 21.05%
Texas Nacogdoches 44 14 11.49%
Utah Hurricane 42 23 12.26%
Vermont Burlington 40 13 19.04%
Virginia Marumsco 41 19 12.23%
Washington Tukwila 42 15 10.61%
West Virginia Morgan 46 14 6.86%
Wisconsin Whitewater 45 14 4.17%
Wyoming Evanston 42 11 15.41%

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Amanda Postma

Amanda Postma is a writer for the Zippia Career Advice blog with a focus on creating entertaining content to help you through your job search. She received her BA from the University Of Missouri-Columbia.

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