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You know that tight feeling in your chest when you start a new job? That’s stress.
And there are certain places in Alabama that have more to stress out about then just their first day at work.
There are things like dealing with ever-longer commutes, working longer and longer hours, and just trying to find a job in the first place. But which places in Alabama take being stressed to the next level?
It turns out the good people of Prichard have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Alabama. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Heart of Dixie:
Read on to see why these places in Alabama could use a Xanax.
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In order to measure stress, we selected a set of six criteria that reflect its root causes for most people and used them to look at the 105 places in Alabama with a population over 5,000 according to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:
- Percentage of population with a long commute (over 30 minutes)
- Unemployment Rate
- Hours worked
- Population density
- Percentage of income spent on rent
- Percentage of population without health insurance
The higher any of these was, the more stressful the people of the place are.
Our data is from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey for 2010-2014.
We ranked each place from 1 to 105 (with one being the most stressed side of the scale) in the six individual criteria. These ranks were then averaged into a Stress Score, the lowest of which was the most stressed out place in the Heart of Dixie.
Below, we’ll take a look at the standout stress stats for each top 10 most stressed places, and wrap the whole thing up with a detailed ranking of all 105 places we analyzed.
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Population: 22,475 People With High Rent: 51.9%
People With Long Commute: 32.9%
People Without Insurance: 22.3%
Population: 6,026People With High Rent: 67.8%
People With Long Commute: 30.7%
People Without Insurance: 18.9%
Population: 16,876People With High Rent: 62.9%
People With Long Commute: 41.5%
People Without Insurance: 15.2%
Population: 5,319People With High Rent: 60.3%
People With Long Commute: 34.2%
People Without Insurance: 15.0%
Population: 27,202People With High Rent: 53.5%
People With Long Commute: 34.7%
People Without Insurance: 17.3%
Population: 211,705People With High Rent: 53.1%
People With Long Commute: 25.3%
People Without Insurance: 17.1%
Population: 20,276People With High Rent: 55.9%
People With Long Commute: 15.1%
People Without Insurance: 17.0%
Population: 6,455People With High Rent: 53.3%
People With Long Commute: 22.6%
People Without Insurance: 16.7%
Population: 5,556People With High Rent: 49.7%
People With Long Commute: 40.9%
People Without Insurance: 23.3%
Population: 9,836People With High Rent: 43.6%
People With Long Commute: 39.3%
People Without Insurance: 23.4%
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