The Most Stressed City In Each State

By Kavita Pillai - Apr. 24, 2019

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Is wanting a low stress life completely unreasonable?

Sometimes it might seem like it.

Like modern life is just a series of one stressful thing after another. Although, it is easy to think that you are the only person who is super stressed all the time, we have all been there.

On my commute to work, I often wonder if other poeple stuck doing the same commute as I am day in and day out are thinking about moving someplace where they didn’t have to waste hours stuck in traffic, working endless hours to live in a city where they can’t afford to buy a home.

Yes, where you live can totally impact your stress level. This got us thinking: What are the most stressed cities in each state? So we decided to find out.

You can find each state’s most stressed city below, but first let’s check out the top 10.

These are some of the ten most stressed cities in the United States:

Here are the 10 most stressed city in each state for 2019:

  1. West New York, NJ
  2. Huron, CA
  3. South Miami, FL
  4. Glassmanor, MD
  5. Edgewater, CO
  6. Manorhaven, NY
  7. Woodlawn Cdp (Fairfax County), VA
  8. Justice, IL
  9. Fair Oaks, GA
  10. Terrytown, LA

Not that surprising, right? At least most of them. Florida and Colorado are the surprise elements.

You might be curious about how we came up with this list. Well, let me explain.

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
  • Population Density
  • Home Price to Income 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:

The 10 Most Stressed City In Each State For 2019

1. West New York, NJ
West New York, NJ

Population: 53,345
Commute Length: 37.2
Hours Worked: 39.1

West New York, NJ is the most stressed city in America. West New York is one of the most densely populated cities not just in the United States but worldwide. That along with super long commute, and high unemployment rates make this city the most stressed in America.

2. Huron, CA
Huron, CA

Population: 6,926
Commute Length: 28.7
Hours Worked: 45.7

Huron, California either has really dedicated workers who all love their jobs, or it has the worst employers in the country, because people in Huron work incredibly long hours.

It also has the lowest average income of the 50 most stressed cities on our list. One reason could be the fact that this part of California has a large number of migrant farm workers.

3. South Miami, FL
South Miami, FL

Population: 12,255
Commute Length: 28.1
Hours Worked: 40.6

South Miami, Florida? This is a surprising one, we agree. All the beautiful beaches, abundant sunshine, and exiciting nightlife wasn’t enough of a stress relief for South Miamians. Long commutes, high unemployment rate, exhorbitant home prices, and large number of uninsured people put South Miami number 3 on our most stressed city.

4. Glassmanor, MD
Glassmanor, MD

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,158
Commute Length: 40.9
Hours Worked: 39.2

Glassmanor, Maryland has one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation. Plus, it is a suburb of Washington, D.C. Now, who wouldn’t be stressed living that close to the nation’s capital?

5. Edgewater, CO
Edgewater, CO

Source: Wikipedia User Jeffrey Beall | CC BY 3.0

Population: 5,299
Commute Length: 23.6
Hours Worked: 41.6

Edgewater, Colorado is right next to Denver, and it is another one of the cities on our list that is a bit baffling. Edgewater’s close proximity nature and scenery doens’t help the fact that the city has a high unemployment rate of almost 10% and a large number of people in the city don’t have access to proper healthcare.

6. Manorhaven, NY
Manorhaven, NY

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,627
Commute Length: 45.4
Hours Worked: 39.9

People living in Manorhaven, New York have one of the worst commutes in the country.

With the average home price in this city being over a half a million dollars, it is no surprise it is number 6 on our most stressed list.

7. Woodlawn Cdp (Fairfax County), VA

Source: Public Domain

Population: 23,041
Commute Length: 37.6
Hours Worked: 39.0

Number 7 on our most list is Woodlawn, Virginia. Bad commute and lack of health insurance is enough to stress out the most chill person, and people of Woodlawn are no exception.

8. Justice, IL
Justice, IL

Population: 12,973
Commute Length: 31.9
Hours Worked: 39.9

“Peaceful, pretty, and proud” might be the motto of Justice, Illinois, but data shows that it is the most stressed city in Illinois–more so than even Chicago. Turns out super long commutes, high unemployment rate, and lack of proper health care options are enough things to cause high amounts of stress.

9. Fair Oaks, GA
Fair Oaks, GA

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,159
Commute Length: 36.2
Hours Worked: 38.9

With almost half of the population having no health insurance, Fair Oaks, Georgia is next on our list. With the median household income of just under $31,000, People of Fair Oaks have plenty on their plates to be stressed about.

10. Terrytown, LA

Population: 24,216
Commute Length: 25.6
Hours Worked: 40.4

Terrytown, Louisiana has a combination of factors that works against it including high unemployment rate, sizable number of uninsured people, and long work hours for relatively low median income.

Wrapping Up The Most Stressed City In Each State For 2019

There you have it–The states with the most stressed cities in America.

To see what city is the most stressed in your state, check out this table.

Detailed List Of The Most Stressed City In Each State

Rank State Population
1 West New York, NJ 53,345
2 Huron, CA 6,926
3 South Miami, FL 12,255
4 Glassmanor, MD 18,158
5 Edgewater, CO 5,299
6 Manorhaven, NY 6,627
7 Woodlawn Cdp (Fairfax County), VA 23,041
8 Justice, IL 12,973
9 Fair Oaks, GA 9,159
10 Terrytown, LA 24,216
11 Maili, HI 10,190
12 Norwalk, CT 88,537
13 Lakewood, WA 59,102
14 Cloverleaf, TX 24,023
15 Meadow Lakes, AK 7,665
16 Philadelphia, PA 1,569,657
17 Central Falls, RI 19,395
18 Lancaster, SC 8,948
19 Molalla, OR 8,987
20 San Luis, AZ 31,509
21 Sunrise Manor, NV 193,854
22 Everett, MA 45,212
23 Angier, NC 5,151
24 Elsmere, DE 6,097
25 St. Louis, MO 314,867
26 Center Point, AL 16,564
27 Picayune, MS 10,528
28 Emmett, ID 6,593
29 Moab, UT 5,232
30 Hazard, KY 5,250
31 Lovington, NM 11,558
32 Hamtramck, MI 21,959
33 Jackson, WY 10,413
34 Charles Town, WV 5,766
35 Lawrence, IN 48,081
36 Springfield, TN 16,692
37 Wagoner, OK 8,688
38 Beebe, AR 7,992
39 Lakewood, OH 50,778
40 Manchester, NH 110,601
41 Milwaukee, WI 599,086
42 Junction City, KS 24,336
43 Columbia Heights, MN 19,823
44 Old Orchard Beach, ME 8,745
45 Winooski, VT 7,203
46 Laurel, MT 6,885
47 Scottsbluff, NE 14,887
48 Watford City, ND 5,441
49 Denison, IA 8,361
50 Vermillion, SD 10,687

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Kavita Pillai

Kavita Pillai is a former writer and researcher for the Zippia Career Advice blog. Her research and writing spanned understanding the relationship between income and age to reports on the gender pay gap and monthly BLS jobs report. Kavita graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in English and earned her PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia in English Language and Literature.

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