These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Arizona

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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 Arizona 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 Arizona take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of South Tucson have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Arizona. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Grand Canyon State:

  1. South Tucson
  2. Somerton
  3. San Luis
  4. Youngtown
  5. Glendale
  6. Tolleson
  7. Phoenix
  8. Apache Junction
  9. Eloy
  10. Guadalupe

Read on to see why these places in Arizona could use a Xanax.

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How We Measured Stress In Arizona (Without Stressing Out)

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 59 places in Arizona with a population over 5,000 according to the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  1. Percentage of population with a long commute (over 30 minutes)
  2. Unemployment Rate
  3. Hours worked
  4. Population density
  5. Percentage of income spent on rent
  6. Percentage of population without health insurance

The higher any of these were, the more stressed 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 59 (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 Grand Canyon State.

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 59 places we analyzed.

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1. South Tucson

South Tucson, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,675People With High Rent: 56.1%
People With Long Commute: 29.9%
People Without Insurance: 29.8%

2. Somerton

Somerton, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,679People With High Rent: 56.4%
People With Long Commute: 32.9%
People Without Insurance: 23.4%

3. San Luis

San Luis, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 30,139People With High Rent: 45.8%
People With Long Commute: 38.4%
People Without Insurance: 29.2%

4. Youngtown

Youn, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,299People With High Rent: 54.5%
People With Long Commute: 44.0%
People Without Insurance: 13.2%

5. Glendale

Glendale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 231,978People With High Rent: 51.4%
People With Long Commute: 38.8%
People Without Insurance: 18.8%

6. Tolleson

Tolleson, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,707People With High Rent: 34.2%
People With Long Commute: 48.4%
People Without Insurance: 31.3%

7. Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,490,758People With High Rent: 48.5%
People With Long Commute: 34.7%
People Without Insurance: 21.7%

8. Apache Junction

Apache Junction, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,965People With High Rent: 48.0%
People With Long Commute: 45.4%
People Without Insurance: 16.9%

9. Eloy

Eloy, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,062People With High Rent: 48.8%
People With Long Commute: 40.5%
People Without Insurance: 23.0%

10. Guadalupe

Guadalupe, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,892People With High Rent: 51.3%
People With Long Commute: 29.2%
People Without Insurance: 15.1%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Arizona

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
South Tucson 1 5,675 56.1% 29.9% 29.8%
Somerton 2 14,679 56.4% 32.9% 23.4%
San Luis 3 30,139 45.8% 38.4% 29.2%
Youn 4 6,299 54.5% 44.0% 13.2%
Glendale 5 231,978 51.4% 38.8% 18.8%
Tolleson 6 6,707 34.2% 48.4% 31.3%
Phoenix 7 1,490,758 48.5% 34.7% 21.7%
Apache Junction 8 36,965 48.0% 45.4% 16.9%
Eloy 9 17,062 48.8% 40.5% 23.0%
Guadalupe 10 5,892 51.3% 29.2% 15.1%
Mesa 11 452,091 50.5% 35.9% 17.2%
El Mirage 12 32,600 45.8% 51.9% 16.1%
Tucson 13 525,031 52.4% 26.3% 17.5%
Avondale 14 77,912 38.0% 40.3% 19.5%
Douglas 15 17,137 53.2% 16.6% 18.6%
Nogales 16 20,699 47.9% 13.9% 22.8%
Prescott Valley 17 39,575 54.2% 23.8% 16.5%
Surprise 18 121,648 46.5% 53.2% 9.3%
Yuma 19 93,078 49.8% 13.2% 17.9%
Maricopa 20 45,388 40.3% 62.0% 14.6%
Tempe 21 166,975 48.0% 23.5% 16.8%
Coolidge 22 12,058 56.9% 36.2% 14.2%
Cottonwood 23 11,358 46.7% 24.1% 20.4%
Winslow 24 9,570 42.4% 9.4% 18.9%
Buckeye 25 54,927 49.2% 55.5% 14.9%
Peoria 26 160,231 48.7% 41.3% 11.9%
Flagstaff 27 67,419 57.3% 10.3% 19.7%
Camp Verde 28 10,965 47.4% 35.3% 17.2%
Casa Grande 29 50,316 48.1% 25.0% 13.6%
Bullhead City 30 39,480 47.5% 12.2% 17.2%
Fountain Hills 31 23,051 45.8% 42.3% 6.6%
Lake Havasu City 32 52,827 49.8% 10.8% 14.3%
Gilbert 33 223,131 38.2% 39.6% 9.2%
Prescott 34 40,130 55.0% 13.0% 11.0%
Chandler 35 245,231 38.9% 30.6% 10.9%
Wickenburg 36 6,629 53.2% 30.2% 15.6%
Show Low 37 10,754 49.9% 15.5% 14.8%
Holbrook 38 5,003 34.1% 21.6% 21.1%
Litchfield Park 39 5,122 41.1% 40.1% 8.2%
Sedona 40 10,092 53.7% 10.3% 16.7%
Payson 41 15,234 48.1% 22.4% 14.0%
Kingman 42 28,381 40.4% 13.7% 14.2%
Scottsdale 43 223,519 42.1% 26.0% 8.8%
Bisbee 44 5,475 38.5% 32.8% 15.3%
Safford 45 9,574 34.6% 18.0% 8.3%
Goodyear 46 70,148 40.6% 46.7% 11.0%
Cave Creek 47 5,014 62.5% 43.7% 6.8%
Oro Valley 48 41,493 38.2% 40.3% 5.2%
Sahuarita 49 26,441 39.2% 45.6% 6.7%
Chino Valley 50 10,879 42.2% 40.8% 14.7%
Page 51 7,374 40.9% 6.3% 17.6%
Globe 52 7,463 51.2% 13.1% 13.6%
Queen Creek 53 28,529 37.9% 49.3% 4.6%
Paradise Valley 54 13,243 54.6% 20.7% 3.5%
Snowflake 55 5,595 50.7% 39.1% 14.5%
Marana 56 37,028 35.6% 46.9% 7.9%
Florence 57 26,513 34.7% 30.3% 8.8%
Benson 58 5,075 42.0% 32.9% 8.8%
Sierra Vista 59 45,365 40.5% 9.9% 8.9%