These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Colorado

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 Colorado 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 Colorado take being stressed to the next level?

It turns out the good people of Edgewater have earned the dubious distinction of being the most stressed out place in Colorado. The city is at the top of the pack of the 10 most stressed out places in the Centennial State:

  1. Edgewater
  2. Sheridan
  3. Northglenn
  4. Aurora
  5. Federal Heights
  6. Carbondale
  7. Rifle
  8. Thornton
  9. Englewood
  10. Wheat Ridge

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

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How We Measured Stress In Colorado (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 79 places in Colorado 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 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 79 (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 Centennial 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 79 places we analyzed.

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1. Edgewater

Edgewater, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,217People With High Rent: 53.7%
People With Long Commute: 31.7%
People Without Insurance: 33.2%

2. Sheridan

Sheridan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,819People With High Rent: 61.5%
People With Long Commute: 42.4%
People Without Insurance: 19.0%

3. Northglenn

Northglenn, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,075People With High Rent: 53.0%
People With Long Commute: 44.7%
People Without Insurance: 17.5%

4. Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 339,480People With High Rent: 55.3%
People With Long Commute: 44.6%
People Without Insurance: 20.2%

5. Federal Heights

Federal Heights, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,835People With High Rent: 47.3%
People With Long Commute: 40.8%
People Without Insurance: 34.3%

6. Carbondale

Carbondale, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,464People With High Rent: 50.8%
People With Long Commute: 36.1%
People Without Insurance: 33.2%

7. Rifle

Rifle, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,397People With High Rent: 58.5%
People With Long Commute: 30.6%
People Without Insurance: 27.3%

8. Thornton

Thornton, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 124,707People With High Rent: 50.7%
People With Long Commute: 46.7%
People Without Insurance: 15.8%

9. Englewood

Englewood, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,298People With High Rent: 48.0%
People With Long Commute: 33.8%
People Without Insurance: 16.3%

10. Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 30,655People With High Rent: 53.3%
People With Long Commute: 31.0%
People Without Insurance: 14.1%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Colorado

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Edgewater 1 5,217 53.7% 31.7% 33.2%
Sheridan 2 5,819 61.5% 42.4% 19.0%
Northglenn 3 37,075 53.0% 44.7% 17.5%
Aurora 4 339,480 55.3% 44.6% 20.2%
Federal Heights 5 11,835 47.3% 40.8% 34.3%
Carbondale 6 6,464 50.8% 36.1% 33.2%
Rifle 7 9,397 58.5% 30.6% 27.3%
Thornton 8 124,707 50.7% 46.7% 15.8%
Englewood 9 31,298 48.0% 33.8% 16.3%
Wheat Ridge 10 30,655 53.3% 31.0% 14.1%
Longmont 11 88,547 52.4% 29.8% 16.2%
Lakewood 12 145,880 49.1% 35.7% 15.2%
Gunnison 13 5,927 62.1% 18.3% 18.5%
Woodland Park 14 7,187 52.9% 53.2% 11.9%
La Junta 15 7,040 57.6% 18.0% 14.0%
Westminster 16 109,296 47.1% 40.2% 13.2%
Lochbuie 17 5,127 58.3% 53.3% 20.2%
Denver 18 633,777 47.5% 32.7% 15.9%
Fort Lupton 19 7,595 51.5% 48.5% 20.4%
Brighton 20 35,004 47.1% 42.3% 18.7%
Commerce City 21 48,792 48.3% 47.1% 16.6%
Delta 22 8,801 51.7% 25.2% 21.0%
Pueblo 23 107,706 54.1% 15.6% 14.7%
Littleton 24 43,710 49.0% 35.5% 12.6%
Glenwood Springs 25 9,668 55.4% 23.6% 25.8%
Greeley 26 95,677 50.4% 22.7% 15.1%
Lafayette 27 25,812 51.7% 29.4% 10.7%
Arvada 28 109,800 46.4% 37.9% 10.1%
Loveland 29 70,093 49.3% 29.6% 13.8%
Fountain 30 26,881 56.8% 27.8% 7.1%
Colorado Springs 31 433,547 48.6% 20.1% 13.7%
Boulder 32 102,002 59.6% 17.1% 8.6%
Cortez 33 8,515 45.4% 14.0% 22.2%
Evans 34 19,535 48.8% 25.9% 17.2%
Lamar 35 7,810 48.6% 12.5% 15.3%
Alamosa 36 9,427 61.2% 7.8% 13.0%
Fort Collins 37 149,627 58.4% 17.0% 10.2%
Sterling 38 14,709 38.3% 10.5% 21.6%
Montrose 39 19,018 46.7% 15.7% 20.4%
Milliken 40 5,837 47.9% 46.0% 25.1%
Craig 41 9,092 54.5% 23.1% 15.2%
Fruita 42 12,702 54.2% 19.9% 12.8%
Centennial 43 104,213 43.6% 34.9% 7.3%
Castle Rock 44 51,802 50.6% 41.2% 8.0%
Wellington 45 6,634 52.9% 36.4% 8.1%
Grand Junction 46 59,731 51.3% 8.9% 14.6%
Trinidad 47 8,657 50.0% 14.7% 17.9%
Eagle 48 6,511 52.6% 25.7% 15.2%
Broomfield 49 59,027 43.7% 40.5% 8.0%
Salida 50 5,329 42.6% 7.5% 20.0%
Golden 51 19,759 48.1% 29.9% 10.1%
Fort Morgan 52 11,397 43.6% 10.9% 13.4%
Louisville 53 19,171 61.3% 22.8% 4.8%
Durango 54 17,268 51.5% 11.7% 18.8%
Berthoud 55 5,323 44.7% 36.7% 10.3%
Parker 56 47,515 41.7% 39.8% 5.5%
Firestone 57 10,908 26.3% 58.5% 12.1%
Monument 58 6,226 58.2% 20.8% 8.5%
Brush 59 5,493 33.2% 16.2% 11.3%
Manitou Springs 60 5,175 38.6% 22.6% 16.4%
Aspen 61 6,700 35.4% 9.4% 16.9%
John 62 11,639 37.1% 49.2% 7.0%
Castle Pines 63 10,626 37.8% 34.5% 2.1%
Ca 64 16,410 45.5% 16.5% 12.2%
Ca 65 16,410 45.5% 16.5% 12.2%
Ca 66 16,410 45.5% 16.5% 12.2%
Ca 67 16,410 45.5% 16.5% 12.2%
Steamboat Springs 68 12,044 49.5% 6.6% 15.9%
Gypsum 69 6,587 27.8% 37.3% 14.0%
Frederick 70 9,636 37.7% 50.6% 6.3%
Avon 71 6,384 43.3% 12.8% 26.8%
Vail 72 5,280 44.8% 9.1% 13.6%
Windsor 73 19,865 49.3% 26.2% 6.4%
Superior 74 12,716 36.4% 25.9% 4.9%
Lone Tree 75 12,328 31.0% 28.8% 9.3%
Estes Park 76 6,022 48.6% 13.2% 12.7%
Erie 77 19,305 32.5% 36.8% 5.4%
Greenwood Village 78 14,546 39.9% 22.5% 4.0%
Cherry Hills Village 79 6,234 12.3% 17.6% 1.5%