These Are The 10 Stressed Places In Delaware

We analyzed over 37 places in Delaware to identify the ones that are going grey at a young age.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago
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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 Delaware 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 Delaware take being stressed to the next level?

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

  1. Claymont
  2. Elsmere
  3. Wilmington Manor
  4. Wilmington
  5. Edgemoor
  6. Bear
  7. Harrington
  8. Smyrna
  9. Glasgow
  10. Woodside East

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

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How We Measured Stress In Delaware (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 37 places in Delaware with a population over 2,000 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 are, 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 37 (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 First 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 37 places we analyzed.

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1. Claymont

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Population: 9,242People With High Rent: 49.7%
People With Long Commute: 39.1%
People Without Insurance: 9.3%

2. Elsmere

2elsmere

Population: 6,149People With High Rent: 58.7%
People With Long Commute: 24.0%
People Without Insurance: 17.5%

3. Wilmington Manor

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Population: 8,049 People With High Rent: 67.1%
People With Long Commute: 25.3%
People Without Insurance: 16.0%

4. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,263People With High Rent: 51.3%
People With Long Commute: 23.7%
People Without Insurance: 10.9%

5. Edgemoor

5edgemoor
Population: 6,089 People With High Rent: 48.0%
People With Long Commute: 40.7%
People Without Insurance: 10.8%

6. Bear

Bear, Delaware

Population: 19,732People With High Rent: 44.1%
People With Long Commute: 39.4%
People Without Insurance: 13.2%

7. Harrington

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Population: 3,643 People With High Rent: 50.5%
People With Long Commute: 46.1%
People Without Insurance: 6.1%

8. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,681People With High Rent: 45.5%
People With Long Commute: 49.9%
People Without Insurance: 8.9%

9. Glasgow

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Population: 14,962 People With High Rent: 52.0%
People With Long Commute: 45.6%
People Without Insurance: 8.2%

10. Woodside East

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Population: 2,140 People With High Rent: 88.6%
People With Long Commute: 37.6%
People Without Insurance: 8.4%

Detailed List Of Stressed Places In Delaware

City Rank Population People With High Rent People With Long Commute People Without Insurance
Claymont 1 9,242 49.7% 39.1% 9.3%
Elsmere 2 6,149 58.7% 24.0% 17.5%
Wilmington Manor 3 8,049 67.1% 25.3% 16.0%
Wilmington 4 71,263 51.3% 23.7% 10.9%
Edgemoor 5 6,089 48.0% 40.7% 10.8%
Bear 6 19,732 44.1% 39.4% 13.2%
Harrington 7 3,643 50.5% 46.1% 6.1%
Smyrna 8 10,681 45.5% 49.9% 8.9%
Glasgow 9 14,962 52.0% 45.6% 8.2%
Woodside East 10 2,140 88.6% 37.6% 8.4%
Rising Sun-Lebanon 11 3,597 61.8% 25.9% 11.8%
Laurel 12 3,842 41.4% 41.0% 10.8%
Dover Base Housing 13 3,390 56.1% 8.1% 0.4%
Selbyville 14 2,535 60.2% 34.5% 19.9%
Georg 15 6,650 36.0% 39.2% 31.8%
Clayton 16 2,989 20.0% 52.6% 7.2%
Milton 17 2,656 46.6% 34.4% 10.7%
Middl 18 19,469 45.6% 56.7% 5.1%
Milford 19 9,882 42.2% 34.6% 10.5%
New Castle 20 5,346 46.2% 26.3% 10.3%
Brookside 21 13,585 41.8% 24.7% 8.9%
Highland Acres 22 3,962 57.0% 18.9% 9.7%
Seaford 23 7,163 60.5% 36.1% 6.8%
Long Neck 24 2,119 57.9% 36.4% 6.7%
Townsend 25 2,556 34.8% 64.5% 5.0%
Dover 26 36,826 52.7% 20.1% 6.3%
Pike Creek Valley 27 10,509 43.5% 27.6% 7.7%
Newark 28 32,278 57.4% 26.0% 6.2%
Millsboro 29 3,987 43.8% 33.8% 9.7%
Camden 30 3,504 34.3% 17.7% 10.2%
Riverview 31 2,761 0.0% 38.5% 4.0%
Pike Creek 32 8,142 15.3% 32.5% 2.5%
Bridgeville 33 2,359 22.6% 30.4% 9.0%
Greenville 34 2,286 47.9% 14.0% 5.4%
Hockessin 35 13,620 34.4% 32.1% 3.8%
North Star 36 7,655 0.0% 31.2% 1.5%
Lewes 37 2,840 30.0% 26.3% 3.3%

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